Patient Stories 

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Stories 

 

Mercy Ships Patient Stories

Healing Mariama’s Smile

Healing Mariama’s Smile.  Healing Mariama's Smile.Seven-month-old Mariama is a lively, healthy baby except for a severe cleft that strains...

Bowed Legs. Broken Dreams.

Mansare Stands Proud.  Mansare Stands Proud.Four-year Mansare had struggled all his short life with a condition known as “bowed legs” which...

An Unshakeable Smile

Saliou was too young to realize that he was different. At two years old, the little boy had no idea that his cleft lip set him apart from the...

Healing for Houssainatou

A Smile Stolen.  A Smile Stolen.Houssainatou’s childhood was defined by a painful tumor that had grown steadily in her mouth since she was a...

Kadiatou’s Journey

Kadiatou didn’t understand why her hands and feet weren’t like the other children, nor did she know why her mother had to tie her shoes on with...

Sky High Dreams

Sema's Story: For most of nine-year-old Sema’s childhood, his dreams — including his hope of one day becoming a pilot —have felt compromised by...

Finding Her Smile

Isatu's Story: For 17 years, Isatu has been plagued by the whispers of her  community who seem to only see the tumor on her face. When she was...

Freed from Shame

Aminata's Story: Ousman was thrilled when he received a call from his sister saying that his niece had finally been born. However, that...

What a Difference Hope Makes

Mafoudiya's Story: ​When Mafoudiya was born, her mother, Mabinty, wasn’t able to fully enjoy her new baby girl’s bright eyes or sweet smile...

The Long Road to Healing

Fatu's Story: “I may grow another head if nothing is done to save me…” A newspaper headline in Liberia captured this cry for help from a...

Rekindled Dreams

Samory's Story: Samory never imagined that neglecting a toothache would result in a facial tumor that threatened to take away his dreams and...

Assiatou’s First Steps

Assiatou's Story: Assiatou leaned forward gingerly, pressing her foot to the ground — heel first, then the sole, until even her toes were flat on...

Reaching Out

Tresor’s Story: Tresor is a ten-year-old boy with an explosive laugh. He’s a cheeky prankster with a competitive spirit, and he’s completely...

A Miracle for Emmanuel

Leocadie and her husband Edwige were filled with excitement when they found out they were expecting their fourth child. Leocadie was thrilled to...

Going the Extra Mile

Paul Bernard’s Story: The air was warm and thick in the room where three-year-old Paul Bernard and his older cousin were sleeping. It was a night...