Meet Aminata 

Country | Senegal

Age | 8

Surgery | Maxillofacial

Meet Aminata

Country | Senegal

Age | 8

Surgery | Maxillofacial

Aminata hid from the world — but now her light shines.

Watch Aminata’s journey Here!

Aminata was born with a cleft lip, and other kids would make fun of the sway she spoke and ate. She became withdrawn and would only nibble on food in hiding. Soon Aminata developed malnutrition and her body developed very slowly. By the time she was 8 years old, Aminata’s height and build resembled that of a 4-year-old.

Aminata’s mother cried every day because she couldn’t afford the cleft surgery her daughter desperately needed. Then one day Aminata’s uncle heard on the radio that Mercy Ships was coming to Senegal to provide free surgeries for people in need.

He rushed Aminata from the village and drove her to our patient screening, but they arrived too late. Without giving up, he then drove his niece straight to the Africa Mercy to see if she could still be helped.

This ship was our only hope,” he said.

Thanks to friends like you, Aminata received a life-changing surgery on the Africa Mercy.

Once Aminata was accepted as a patient, her uncle was excited to make the call to his sister letting her know the fantastic news — Aminata was going to receive a life-changing surgery! Her smile would be healed.

Following the surgery, Aminata was able to heal knowing that her family had never given up on her. 

“We held on to the hope we had,” her uncle said. “Now, she has so many more opportunities, and we are so blessed. We are so thankful for all that was done for our family.”

Today, Aminata is no longer hiding from the world or living with the shame she had felt. Now she has wonderful friends and a restored hope for her future.

Aminata hid from the world — but now her light shines.

Watch Aminata’s journey Here!

Aminata was born with a cleft lip, and other kids would make fun of the sway she spoke and ate. She became withdrawn and would only nibble on food in hiding. Soon Aminata developed malnutrition and her body developed very slowly. By the time she was 8 years old, Aminata’s height and build resembled that of a 4-year-old.

Aminata’s mother cried every day because she couldn’t afford the cleft surgery her daughter desperately needed. Then one day Aminata’s uncle heard on the radio that Mercy Ships was coming to Senegal to provide free surgeries for people in need.

He rushed Aminata from the village and drove her to our patient screening, but they arrived too late. Without giving up, he then drove his niece straight to the Africa Mercy to see if she could still be helped.

This ship was our only hope,” he said.

Thanks to friends like you, Aminata received a life-changing surgery on the Africa Mercy.

Once Aminata was accepted as a patient, her uncle was excited to make the call to his sister letting her know the fantastic news — Aminata was going to receive a life-changing surgery! Her smile would be healed.

Following the surgery, Aminata was able to heal knowing that her family had never given up on her.

“We held on to the hope we had,” her uncle said. “Now, she has so many more opportunities, and we are so blessed. We are so thankful for all that was done for our family.”

Today, Aminata is no longer hiding from the world or living with the shame she had felt. Now she has wonderful friends and a restored hope for her future.