Meet Ousseynou
& Assane

 

Country | Senegal

Age | 5

Surgery | Orthopedic

Meet Ousseynou & Assane

Country | Senegal

Age | 5

Surgery | Orthopedic

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.

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

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.

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.