Meet Satou

 

Country | Senegal

Age | 6

Surgery | Orthopedic

Meet Satou

Country | Senegal

Age | 6

Surgery | Orthopedic

Watch Satou’s journey here!

Satou is a strong-willed and happy child, but her windswept legs caused many in her community to reject her. “She doesn’t like being sad,” her mother, Khady, said. “She is determined and gets very upset when she feels disrespected.” Over time, the taunts of others made Satou feel ashamed and helpless. Satou’s little legs had begun to bend when she was 3 years old. Her family

was devastated.

They desperately tried to find out what was wrong with Satou, but no one in their village could help.

With no access to medical care, Khady was afraid her daughter would never find the healing she’d need. “I was worried about my daughter and wished that she could be like the other children,” Khady said.

Then someone told Khady about the arrival of Mercy Ships in Senegal. Her family rushed Satou to a patient screening, where she was given a date for the surgery that would straighten her legs. “I have not dared to dream that it is possible that my daughter’s legs can be straightened,” Khady said. “It feels as though the doors of heaven were being opened for her.”

When Satou was admitted to the hospital, it was clear that the independent girl would never again have to walk alone. She was immediately accepted and loved by the volunteers and other patients onboard the Africa Mercy®.

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

She was able to play and laugh with other children who, like her, had been outcast because of a physical disability beyond their control.

Many times during her healing, Satou would ask her mother for her walker so that she could practice walking. Sometimes she would stand, without holding onto the walker, clapping her hands and trying to dance. Eventually, she abandoned the walker and began moving around on her own.

The day her daughter’s casts came off is a day that Khady says she will never forget. She says that seeing her daughter’s straight legs is her best memory of their time on the ship. “It was magical — the kind of thing one can only dream of.”

Today, Satou is no longer taunted in her village and proudly stands tall. Thanks to friends like you, she will finally be able to return to school, integrate into her community and embrace her life to the fullest.

Watch Satou’s journey here!

Satou is a strong-willed and happy child, but her windswept legs caused many in her community to reject her. “She doesn’t like being sad,” her mother, Khady, said. “She is determined and gets very upset when she feels disrespected.” Over time, the taunts of others made Satou feel ashamed and helpless.
They desperately tried to find out what was wrong with Satou, but no one in their village could help.

With no access to medical care, Khady was afraid her daughter would never find the healing she’d need. “I was worried about my daughter and wished that she could be like the other children,” Khady said.

Then someone told Khady about the arrival of Mercy Ships in Senegal. Her family rushed Satou to a patient screening, where she was given a date for the surgery that would straighten her legs. “I have not dared to dream that it is possible that my daughter’s legs can be straightened,” Khady said. “It feels as though the doors of heaven were being opened for her.”

When Satou was admitted to the hospital, it was clear that the independent girl would never again have to walk alone. She was immediately accepted and loved by the volunteers and other patients onboard the Africa Mercy®. She was able to play and laugh with other children who, like her, had been outcast because of a physical disability beyond their control.

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

She was able to play and laugh with other children who, like her, had been outcast because of a physical disability beyond their control.

Many times during her healing, Satou would ask her mother for her walker so that she could practice walking. Sometimes she would stand, without holding onto the walker, clapping her hands and trying to dance. Eventually, she abandoned the walker and began moving around on her own.

The day her daughter’s casts came off is a day that Khady says she will never forget. She says that seeing her daughter’s straight legs is her best memory of their time on the ship. “It was magical — the kind of thing one can only dream of.”

Today, Satou is no longer taunted in her village and proudly stands tall. Thanks to friends like you, she will finally be able to return to school, integrate into her community and embrace her life to the fullest.

During our stay in the countries we serve, medical volunteers with Mercy Ships treat many orthopedic conditions such as windswept legs. Many families live on less than $2 a day for all of their expenses, sometimes causing households to struggle to find nutritional food. Because of this, the children of these families see limitations in their development and will often develop conditions such as windswept and bowed legs. Mercy Ships strives to partner with those we serve to combat these conditions by providing surgical treatment of patients, training local medical professionals, and further educating on ways to grow sustainable, nutritional food. We hope that together we will see fewer patients burdened by these trying and often painful conditions.