Maeva’s first shoes

Posted on August 20, 2018 /

Maeva’s four-year-old brother had discovered some matches and was playing with them when the mosquito net covering his baby sister caught fire. Within minutes, the net was engulfed in flames, trapping Maeva and her tortured cries inside.

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Healing the Hurt

Posted on August 20, 2018 /

“What happened to me, mommy?” Pierre would ask, “When are you going to fix my legs?” Unsure how to answer her four-year-old son, Edwige made a promise that she would do everything she could to find healing for Pierre’s twisted legs. 

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Helping the lame walk – Meet Dr. Frank

Posted on June 27, 2018 / , ,

When Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Frank Haydon first learned about Mercy Ships, he felt moved to action to use his skills to provide transformational healing for those who need it most. He has served with Mercy Ships every year since 2009, and he and his wife, Kathleen, continue to volunteer worldwide. How has volunteering as an orthopedic surgeon in West Africa … Continued

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Standing TALL — Ulrich’s Story

Posted on June 27, 2018 / ,

Even experienced nurses onboard the Africa Mercy had never seen a case quite like twelve-year-old Ulrich’s. He was born with muscles in his legs that didn’t develop at the same rate as his bones, leaving his legs bent drastically backward.

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Hope, Healing, and Dignity for All

Posted on May 18, 2018 / ,

20-year-old Mairamou should have been excited about her future. She and her husband had eagerly anticipated the birth of their first child. But after a prolonged labor, she lost the baby and was left with a condition known as an obstetric fistula, making her incontinent. “People don’t want me there,” she said sadly. “They would tell me to go home because of the smell.”

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International Nurses Day: A Voice to Lead

Posted on May 4, 2018 /

This year, the International Council of Nurses is honoring nurses as global game-changers who have the ability to lead the world’s healthcare community in recognizing the basic human right to health and wellbeing — something that Mercy Ships also feels passionately about.

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A True Transformation

Posted on May 3, 2018 /

Six-year-old Esther was full of charisma—a bright, bubbly little girl who saw the joy in every situation. But Esther suffered with a windswept leg caused by rickets—a brittle bone condition that causes leg deformities. When children don’t get the nutrients they need at key stages of their growth, they can develop rickets. When Esther was … Continued

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Stepping Into A Brighter Future

Posted on May 3, 2018 / ,

With her fluffy pink dress and shiny shoes, three-year-old Cecilia is an undisputed princess—and no one is prouder of this ray of sunshine than her father, Emmanuel. She’s brimming with delightful energy, and Emmanuel is always one step behind her, ready to help her in the right direction. But, until recently, Cecilia needed more help … Continued

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from patient to crew – meet Osman

Posted on April 24, 2018 /

When Osman Kamara arrived on the Africa Mercy as a teenager to receive plastic surgery on his burn scars, he had no idea that one day he, too, would be a part of providing others with access to safe, free surgery. A native of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Osman received surgery to correct his burn contractures. … Continued

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