meet Sekouba

Country: Guinea
Age: 12 years
Surgery: Maxillofacial

Sekouba after surgery

physical and emotional suffering

“What’s that in your mouth?” asked friends and classmates. Eventually, curiosity turned into laughter and ridicule.

Sekouba loved school, but he dropped out. The shame was too much. Even his brothers were embarrassed to be seen with him. No one saw Sekouba for himself anymore. All they saw was the growing tumor that had filled his cheek.

Sekouba’s family couldn’t afford the surgical costs needed at a regional hospital. So a neighbor told them about Mercy Ships.

Sekouba looking into the camera
Sekouba receiving care

young life saved. family prayer answered.

After being admitted onboard the Africa Mercy, Sekouba received surgery to remove the maxillary mass, followed by several weeks of appointments to closely follow his recovery process. Surgery was a success.

The first thing Sekouba said he wanted to do after returning home was to get back in the classroom to continue his studies. Then he shared that even his eye on a girl who he never stops talking about. “Now, I’m going to be able to marry her one day,” he beamed.

Meanwhile, a relieved M’mahawa can’t thank supporters like you enough for helping to save her son’s life. “Every time I pray, I thank God for this ship,” she said. “I don’t know what we would have done without it.”

Sekouba after surgery

reaching for a new life

Gamai was just a toddler when she pulled a pot of boiling water over and badly burned her arms.

Her parents rushed her to the hospital but were only given ointment for treatment. Because she didn’t get proper care for her burns, Gamai’s arms healed in a constricted position—leaving her unable to straighten either arm.