Patient Stories

Mercy Ships Patient Stories

We love to share our stories of hope and healing to all. Our patient stories will give an inside look at Mercy Ships patients and their life-saving procedures.

Healing for Houleye

Khadiatou watches her 5-year-old niece having fun with her friends. The little girl beams as she chases the other...

Healing Birane’s Smile

Birane was born with a cleft lip that made it difficult to eat and speak properly — and harder to express the joyful spirit...

Hope Shines Through

When she was just a baby, her parents noticed a small lump growing above her left eye. By the time she was 5 years old...

Most Likely to Succeed

When she was a child, Marie Madeleine developed a muscle contracture in her leg. As she continued to grow, her knee hyperextended backward...

A Lifetime of Change

Fatimata’s Story: Khady, 18-years-old, is the youngest child in a big family and hopes to one day have a large family of her own. “At least...

A New Voice of Hope

The village in Senegal that Mouhamed and his family call home isn’t even on the map. To reach it, you must follow a red dirt road for miles...

Unleashed Potential

Aliou was just 3 years old when his blanket ignited while sitting around a fire—severely burning his upper body. As his burns healed, his arm...

Patient Ambassador

Amadou’s Story: Amadou refused to be defined by the tumor that had been growing on his face for more than 15 years. To those in his community,...

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...