When Julienne was just a baby, her mother noticed her legs were becoming twisted.

She was diagnosed with Genu Varum–bowed legs. As Julienne grew up, her legs kept bowing farther and farther out.

Walking was difficult, running impossible and standing was even hard. People often mocked her or called her a witch. Julienne felt rejected and ashamed. She grew isolated.

Without surgery, Julienne lost hope

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By the time she was 14, Julienne had almost given up on the idea of receiving surgery to repair her painfully twisted legs.

Then, Julienne and her mother learned Mercy Ships was coming. They heard about the free surgery that could transform her twisted limbs and mend her broken heart. When Julienne received a date for surgery, it seemed too good to be true. “I wished I could tell people but I kept it quiet because I didn’t want people to laugh at me if it didn’t work.” said Julienne.

Soon they were onboard the Africa Mercy and Julienne underwent surgery.

a real fighter

Months of healing and physical therapy followed. Many days were challenging, but Julienne found the strength to take each painful step.

Over time, she grew stronger physically and emotionally. Julienne met others with her same condition, made friends with girls her age, and eventually felt confident enough to celebrate with other patients.

Now, thanks to friends like you, Julienne has strong, straight legs.

She can finish school, become a teacher, have her own family, and live the full life she always dreamed of.

one surgery. an entirely new life.

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the gift of Mercy

For many of the world’s suffering poor, like Julienne, medical care and surgery are beyond their reach.

Onboard our hospital ship, we perform surgeries that can transform the lives of people who might otherwise face a lifetime of suffering. Our volunteer medical professionals provide first-world surgery to repair cleft palates, remove tumors, reconstruct burns, repair cataracts, and more.

For over 40 years we have partnered with local governments to leave our host countries better equipped with training, tools, and infrastructure to continue the healing.

Learn how you can be a part of this transformational community.