Patient Stories 

Patient
Stories 

 

Mercy Ships Patient Stories

Cecilia’s Reason to Smile

An Answered Prayer Emmanuel brought his little girl to our hospital ship. He hoped that when they returned home, Cecilia’s knock-knee would be...

A True Transformation

Esther’s Story: Six-year-old Esther was full of charisma—a bright, bubbly little girl who saw the joy in every situation. But Esther suffered...

Stepping Into A Brighter Future

Cecilia’s Story: With her fluffy pink dress and shiny shoes, three-year-old Cecilia is an undisputed princess—and no one is prouder of this ray...

A Second Chance for Edith

Hope Shines a Light. Valerie couldn’t bear the thought that her daughter might face the same hateful words and taunts she’d always lived with. So,...

Steps of Faith

Fanie’s Story: Twelve-year-old Fanie’s smile and charisma captivated everyone he met, and he relied on these qualities to distract people from...

Ernest’s Life Renewed

By the time he reached our hospital ship, Ernest was dangerously ill. His tumor had begun to bleed. Doctors quickly admitted him for a...

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...