Because of her cleft lip, other children in her village would ridicule Mafoudiya—even calling her cursed. Her poor mother worried the deformity would affect her daughter’s entire future. She could only hope and pray for a miracle.

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smile and confidence restored

Mafoudiya’s mother heard about Mercy Ships and learned that the Africa Mercy was sailing into the capital of Guinea. She knew this was the answer to her prayers—her one chance to find hope and healing for her daughter.

So mother and daughter journeyed to meet Mercy Ships medical professionals. Mafoudiya was screened and approved for surgery. And hope was possible again.

After volunteer surgeons repaired her cleft lip, Mafoudiya’s smile never shined brighter.

“I waited for this for so long,” her mother said. “I am so grateful. So happy.”

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Mafoudiya after surgery

the gift of mercy

For many of the world’s suffering poor, like Mafoudiya, 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.

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