Patient Stories 

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Mercy Ships Patient Stories

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...

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...

There’s So Much Hope to Give

Imagine living in pain and ridiculed by your community for a condition that you had no way of escaping — conditions such as bowed legs, burn...

Steps to Hope for Tene

Mariam, a successful Guinean businesswoman, was passing through a village when she spotted a group of children by the side of the road. As she...

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...