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.

Somaya’s Second Chance

Praying as the Pain Progressed. Neny continued to pray as Somaya’s challenges increased. When she started learning to speak, Somaya’s malformed...

Tahiry’s Determined Mom

As Tahiry approached his second birthday, Victorine noticed something a bit odd – Tahiry’s legs were taking the shape of the letter “O.” She...

Changing Muriella’s Story

Viewed from the left side of her profile, Muriella’s natural beauty made her stand out in the screening crowd of over a thousand. With her trendy...

No Longer Left Behind

A Path Filled with Pain Fifalina’s legs appeared normal when she was born, but as she started to grow, her leg bones began to curve. Each year,...

Minette’s Cinderella Story

Minette excitedly sat in the chair, patiently waiting as the hairstylist worked her magic. She could hardly believe this moment had arrived – the...

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 a whole...

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...

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 large, floating...

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...