before

meet David

Country: Benin
Age: 3
Surgery: Orthopedic


When he was born with this condition, David’s mother and father were assured by the hospital their baby would be fine. But each year his legs grew worse. It was painful for him to learn to walk. He couldn’t play like other children. David’s mother Claudine, shielded him from hurtful looks and comments in public. She knew his life would always be painful physically and emotionally without surgery, so she prayed for help. With no money for doctors, David’s future seemed bleak.

 

repairing body and soul

When David’s family learned that Mercy Ships was coming to Benin they were filled with hope. The chance to get free surgery from doctors who specialize in orthopedic surgery was the answer to their prayers.

Thanks to caring donors like you and our dedicated team of volunteer surgeons and nurses, David got the surgery and rehabilitation he needed. Today, his legs are straight. He can walk and play like any other child. Before long, this sweet, mischievous boy will be able to go to school, find work, have a family and live the life of his dreams.

a happy life restored

Isabelle was a happy child who attended school and had hopes for a bright future. Then, suddenly, her world fell apart. It started as a toothache. But the swelling didn’t stop. A tumor was taking over her face, devouring her bones. There were no doctors to help her.