Leopold Gets A Clear Vision Of The Future

[:en]“I couldn’t see anything. They had to take my hand for me to go the bathroom, to use the shower. I couldn’t do anything by myself.” Leopold waved his hands as he spoke, adding, “I always had to depend on somebody else.”  Two years ago, cataracts began to cloud Leopold’s vision. Soon, they took over […]

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Juliette’s Second Chance

[:en]Juliette’s journey to healing began before the Africa Mercy ever arrived in Madagascar. Many would say it was divine providence that connected her with Mercy Ships nurses Mirjam Plomp and Jasmin Biddell. They were on an advance team scouting Juliette’s town, Monrandava, as a potential patient screening location. It’s located nearby the famous avenue of […]

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Beautiful Straight Feet

Prinscio was two when he took his first steps, walking on the tops of his twisted feet. Born with bilateral club feet, he developed this curious gait to get around. He was ashamed of the way he moved, and he would declare, “Don’t talk about my feet!” to anyone who stared. In every other way, […]

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Somaya’s Second Chance

Neny’s life seemed to fall apart at every turn. When her daughter Somaya was born, Neny was deeply shocked to see her tiny baby’s mouth marred by a cleft lip and palate. She had never seen anything like it before. Somaya’s father was outraged. “This is not my baby! No one in my family has […]

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Victorien, No Longer Afraid

A boy can cope with a lot of setbacks, but rejection by his friends is a crushing blow. Victorien’s friends called him “Big Chin” and stopped playing with him. Victorien’s problem started when his cheek began to swell. A dentist identified an abnormality in his mouth and said he needed to go to the city […]

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Cecelia’s Story

For half her life, a hernia had restricted 10-year old Cecelia. She stayed close to home and could not run and climb with the other village children. Her mother Sidonie carried her daughter’s schoolbag and walked her to school every day. Any strain or weight-bearing activity was just too much for the little girl. Then […]

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An End and a New Beginning to Sambany’s Journey

[:en]It was a journey that would take 6 Mercy-Shippers braving around 33 miles and 5 days through rivers and rice fields, hiking up and down approximately 2,500 feet of altitude, driving through mud, canoeing, and much more – but the outcome was worth it. The ‘Fellowship of Sambany’ (as these crew members called themselves) accompanied […]

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A New Nose And A New Heart For Mioty

Mercy Ships patients are not the only ones who experience transformed lives. Crew members create treasured memories of heart-lifting and heart-breaking moments. Ward Nurse Heather Morehouse shares a special story: “To The Terror Of A 5-Year-Old In Bed D9 … You Have Changed My Life” When you first arrived on the ward, I saw your […]

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Ending Obstetric Fistula

Obstetric Fistula? Some might nod their head and pretend they know what these words mean, but many Canadians do not. Vesico-vaginal Fistula (VVF) is traumatizing. It is a child birth related injury where a hole develops between the rectum and vagina or between the bladder and vagina. Women who survive days of labor and the […]

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A New View of Scars: Windy’s Story

[:en] Windy, one of our burn patients, is famous for his mischievous and utterly charming personality . . . and we love him! It’s easy to locate our eleven-year-old namako (the Malagasy word for friend).  Just walk through the ward door and listen for the laughter. It’s a fact of life that Windy is rarely ever at his bed […]

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