meet Edith

Country: Cameroon
Age: 12
Surgery: Maxillofacial

Hope shines a light

Valerie couldn’t bear the thought that her daughter might face the same hateful words and taunts she’d always lived with. So, she searched for help.

“When I heard about Mercy Ships, I was given something I didn’t have before,” recalled Valerie. “Hope.”


First, Valerie came to the Africa Mercy where our volunteer surgeons carefully removed her tumor.

When she returned home, Edith was excited to see her mother, and was elated to know there was hope that her tumor could be removed, too.

“When I saw my mother for the first time, I was so happy,” shared Edith. “She is beautiful.”

her bright new future

Soon, Edith went through a surgery similar to her mother’s.

Today, Edith is also tumor-free. Now, she can fearlessly work to fulfill her dream of becoming a math teacher. And someday, have the family and children she’s always wanted.

Paul’s fight for life

Three-month-old Paul’s cleft lip and palate made it impossible for him to eat or drink all the nutrients he needed, and he was slowly starving to death. But thanks to the Mercy Ships Infant Feeding Program, baby Paul — and hundreds more babies just like him — were given a new chance at life! Watch the video below to see how your support makes it possible for the Mercy Ships Infant Feeding Program to save the lives of babies like Paul, who suffer from cleft lips and palates.