Patient Stories 

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Stories 

 

Mercy Ships Patient Stories

A New Reason To Smile

Fadimatou's Story: With a beaming smile and large, striking eyes, Fadimatou’s cleft lip isn’t the first thing you’d see. But, thirteen years of...

Haingo’s Fight for Life

Your Compassion Brings Help. Once aboard the Africa Mercy, our pediatric nurses began around-the-clock emergency nutrition for Haingo because she...

A Smile and a Song

Djazim's Story: “When he starts to hum it, everyone starts laughing,” Salimatu said. “They ask him where he got it from, and he tells them, ‘The...

A Childhood Restored

When he was born with this condition, David’s mother and father were assured by the hospital their baby would be fine. But each year his legs...

Bound Together by Blindness

A Family Condition. Years later, Jacques’ younger sisters Marie and Elodie also developed cataracts. They couldn’t play or go to school like...

A Handsome Boy Named David

David's Story: “Did you swallow a tennis ball?” the kids in the neighborhood asked David. But he didn’t respond. “I don’t know why … I just...

Valerie Goes Back to School

Valerie's Story: When Valerie was four, she asked her father to pull her out of school. “I didn’t want to go anymore,” she recalled. Her legs had...

Standing Proudly with Hope

Maurinho’s classmates taunted him, calling him “hook foot.” Maurinho was miserable. His parents tried everything they could to help him. They...

Out of Darkness Into Light

“The moment I realized that both of my daughters could not see, I began to hope that one day they would get surgery,” mom Nicole said. “They’re...

Little Miracle

Imagine the joy Sylvie felt to learn that Mercy Ships was coming to Benin and a free surgery might be possible to straighten Miracle’s windswept...

Staying Strong Against Fear

By the time Juste was 4, the lump was bigger than a golf ball. But despite the cyst, Juste remained strong, fearless, funny and carefree. But...

A Happy Life Restored

A Growing Tumor, Shrinking Hope As the tumor grew, people began staring at Isabelle in horror. She was ridiculed everywhere she went--even banned...

Hope in Sight

A Dangerous Wait Mary’s tumor, a neurofibroma, had been growing for years. Her desperate family took her to doctor after doctor, only to hear the...