Thanks to a matching gift, all donations this Giving Tuesday will double in impact to provide life-changing surgeries and medical care for children like Ousseynou and Assane.

Thanks to a matching gift, all donations this Giving Tuesday will double in impact to provide life-changing surgeries and medical care for children like Ousseynou and Assane.

Watch the Twins’ journey here!

Watch the Twins’ journey here!

Twin brothers Ousseynou and Assane share more than just their good looks — both boys developed an identical condition that made their legs curve outward at the knee, causing them both to be ridiculed by others in their village. Their parents, Abdukka and Awa, worried that there was nothing that they could do to protect or heal their children. “We could not hide Ousseynou and Assane away,” Awa said. “So we all had to live with people treating them as inferior.”

Mame Sor, a nurse at the local clinic, knew of the twins’ ailment, and told the family about Mercy Ships coming to Senegal.

She even arranged to collect the boys and their mother to drive them 200 miles to the patient registration. It was the first time they were that far away from home, and the first time either of the boys had seen a ship.

Awa was a bit nervous about all of these new experiences, and even more so when the nurses came to take Ousseynou and then Assane to the operating theatres. But after the operation, when her boys were wheeled out, she was thrilled for the opportunity for free surgery. “I was so happy,” she said.

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

Once their casts came off, the physical therapy sessions began. Eventually, the twins were moving faster and more confidently than they had been able to before. “Since I gave birth to Ousseynou and Assane, I have never seen them run,” Awa said. “The surgeries created this opportunity. It is something that comes only once in a lifetime.”

 Now, both boys have a bright future. When they turn 7 years old, they will be able to start school with renewed confidence.

Mercy Ships has spent the last 40 years working to provide safe surgical care to those in need thanks to friends like you. By partnering with us, you can help bring hope to the many children and adults who have felt burdened and defined by their conditions for so long.  Thanks to a generous partner, every gift given during #GivingTuesday will be matched up to $50,000. This #GivingTuesday, give twice the hope and twice the healing!

Twin brothers Ousseynou and Assane share more than just their good looks — both boys developed an identical condition that made their legs curve outward at the knee, causing them both to be ridiculed by others in their village. Their parents, Abdukka and Awa, worried that there was nothing that they could do to protect or heal their children. “We could not hide Ousseynou and Assane away,” Awa said. “So we all had to live with people treating them as inferior.”

Mame Sor, a nurse at the local clinic, knew of the twins’ ailment, and told the family about Mercy Ships coming to Senegal.

She even arranged to collect the boys and their mother to drive them 200 miles to the patient registration. It was the first time they were that far away from home, and the first time either of the boys had seen a ship.

Awa was a bit nervous about all of these new experiences, and even more so when the nurses came to take Ousseynou and then Assane to the operating theatres. But after the operation, when her boys were wheeled out, she was thrilled for the opportunity for free surgery. “I was so happy,” she said.

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

Once their casts came off, the physical therapy sessions began. Eventually, the twins were moving faster and more confidently than they had been able to before. “Since I gave birth to Ousseynou and Assane, I have never seen them run,” Awa said. “The surgeries created this opportunity. It is something that comes only once in a lifetime.”

Now, both boys have a bright future. When they turn 7 years old, they will be able to start school with renewed confidence.

Mercy Ships has spent the last 40 years working to provide safe surgical care to those in need thanks to friends like you. By partnering with us, you can help bring hope to the many children and adults who have felt burdened and defined by their conditions for so long.  Thanks to a generous partner, every gift given during #GivingTuesday will be matched up to $50,000. This #GivingTuesday, give twice the hope and twice the healing!