Patient Stories 

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Stories 

 

Mercy Ships Patient Stories

Cardo’s Bright Future

  Cardo looked through the lens of the camera, watching his new friends making faces and acting silly. It isn’t every day someone discovers...

Fanjakely’s Fairytale

Eighteen-year-old Fanjakely arrived at the Mercy Ships patient screening with a look of total despair in her eyes and unsmiling hopelessness on...

A Fist Bump for Fandresena

When I met five-year-old Fandresena he couldn’t use his right hand to give me a fist bump – a popular greeting similar in meaning to a high five....

A New View of Scars

Windy, one of our burn patients, is famous for his mischievous and utterly charming personality...and we love him! Windy sits patiently as we...

The Most Beautiful Thing

    Today, my home made a woman cry . . . it was the most beautiful thing I’d seen all day. My home at the moment happens to be a...

Daddy’s All Star Champion

In the developed world, children ask their parents for many things:  toys, pets, candy and other sweet treats, and roller-coaster rides courtesy...

What a Difference a Week Makes

Zakael grins from ear to ear. On a very hot summer day in Madagascar, the seven-year-old wears his shirt open, revealing a small surgical scar...

No Longer Left Behind

Sandrins sadly watches as her sisters run down their neighborhood road with the other children. They are excitedly ready for another day at...

Jordis’s Chance

  Eight-year-old Jordis’ photograph should be next to the word boy in the dictionary. While onboard the Africa Mercy, Jordis and his best...

Oceane

  When Philomen saw her baby after the surgery, she was speechless. The mass was gone! She alternated between contented smiles and joyful...

Smiling Ismael

  It is no accident that Ismael’s name sounds like “smile.” This cutie is basically a human-shaped bottle of smiles. When we first met him,...

Beautiful

  For a barely four-feet-tall woman named Claire, social rejection was a daily reality. The focus of this negative attention was an enormous...