Healing for Houssainatou

Posted on April 12, 2019 / ,

Ten-year-old Houssainatou lives in the highlands of Guinea with her parents and her four siblings. Her childhood has been a happy one: she talks about playing jump rope with her friends, helping to take care of her little brother, and climbing the trees that speckled their neighborhood. Her father, Souleymane, has worked hard to protect … Continued

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What a Difference Hope Makes

Posted on April 2, 2019 / ,

When Mafoudiya was born, her mother, Mabinty, wasn’t able to fully enjoy her new baby girl’s bright eyes or sweet smile because she was consumed with worry. Her daughter was born with a cleft lip, and in their village there was no access to the medical help they needed to repair her smile. As Mafoudiya … Continued

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The Long Road to Healing

Posted on April 2, 2019 / , ,

“I may grow another head if nothing is done to save me…” A newspaper headline in Liberia captured this cry for help from a 23-year-old girl named Fatu. A growth on her face was slowly suffocating her and causing significant pain — both physically and emotionally. “I’m always sad and lonely because most of my … Continued

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Rekindled Dreams

Posted on April 2, 2019 / ,

Samory never imagined that neglecting a toothache would result in a facial tumor that threatened to take away his dreams and quite possibly his life. Four years after his pain began, the once healthy 25-year-old was a shell of his former self — as the tumor grew, his self-esteem began to deflate. Having grown up … Continued

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On World Oral Health Day, Mercy Ships Recognizes Woodbury Dentist’s Contribution to Dental Professionals in Guinea

Posted on March 19, 2019 /

Dr. David Ugai leads Mercy Ships dental team in Guinea teaching 13 dentists and 41 dental students while also providing care to nearly 6,000 patients Garden Valley, TX, March 20, 2019: On World Oral Health Day, Mercy Ships recognizes lead dentist Dr. David Ugai, a volunteer from Woodbury, MN, for his commitment and dedication to … Continued

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Assiatou’s first steps

Posted on February 12, 2019 / ,

Assiatou leaned forward gingerly, pressing her foot to the ground — heel first, then the sole, until even her toes were flat on the hospital floor. She shuffled forward carefully before a smile broke out across her face. It was only a tiny movement, but for the 18-year-old, it was a step towards healing. When she … Continued

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