Patient Stories 

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Mercy Ships Patient Stories

A Bigger World

Aicha's Story: Every day at dawn, Fatmata puts her daughter Aicha onto her back and begins the early morning commute to the local market where...

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...

Eye Saved. Future Restored.

Losing Her Childhood. “She was so scared,” recalls Benessa’s mother. “She says everybody laughs at her.” Because of her tumor, other kids bullied...

Legs Repaired. Life Restored.

A Family's Fight of Faith. When N’nady was 8, her older brother—who also had bowed legs—was able to receive free corrective orthopedic surgery...

New Life Begins

Physical and Emotional Suffering "What's that in your mouth?" asked friends and classmates. Eventually, curiosity turned into laughter and...

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...

Reaching for a New Life

Gamai grew more and more aware that she was not like other children. She wanted to play, to go to school, and even help her mother around the...

Love at First Sight

“I held my babies after they were born, and I couldn’t see their faces,” said Adama. “I thought this would last forever; that I would never know...

Inside and Out

Smile and Confidence Restored. Mafoudiya’s mother heard about Mercy Ships and learned that the Africa Mercy was sailing into the capital of...

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...

Change Lives. Restore Joy.

Onboard the Africa Mercy, Djazim received life-changing nutrition, care, and physical and emotional healing. Caring staff even taught him a new song...

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...