When Mafoudiya was born, her mother, Mabinty, was unable to truly enjoy her child’s bright eyes or sweet smile because of the worry that consumed her. Her daughter was born with a cleft lip, and the family had little access to medical help.
Due to Mafoudiya’s condition, she struggled to get enough nutrition. Other children would often make fun of her, calling her a demon. This broke her mother’s heart, but without access to surgery, Mabinty had no choice but to hope and pray for a miracle.
When Mabinty heard that Mercy Ships was sailing into the capital city of Guinea, she knew this was her one chance to find help for her daughter. After a long journey from their village to the city, they waited to be seen by a team of medical professionals on board the Africa Mercy. Thanks to skilled volunteers and generous partners, Mafoudiya received free surgery that repaired her cleft lip!
After surgery, Mafoudiya’s radiant smile shone even brighter than before. Mabinty shared the joy of her little girl’s healing saying, “I waited for this for so long. I am so grateful…and so happy.”
Thanks to Mercy Ships partners, children like Mafoudiya can smile with confidence!