before

meet Paul

Country: Cameroon
Age: 3 Months
Surgery: Palliative Care

your compassion brings mercy

Cradling her beloved child in her arms, Francoise traveled to the Cameroon port where the Africa Mercy was docked. Paul was too weak and sick to undergo surgery right away. Our team quickly began a feeding intervention to restore his health. After three months of intensive treatment, Paul weighed four times as much as before. Now, he was ready for surgery.

hope and healing

After two successful surgeries, Paul is able to eat and drink like a healthy child. Now he can grow up and live with the dignity all God’s precious children deserve. His future, so grim before, is boundless now. When Francoise saw her son’s new smile, she could hardly believe it. It seemed too good to be true. But it was true. After years of anguish and worry, her prayers had been answered. “I’m so thankful for all the love and care here,” Francoise exclaims. “The Lord has changed the life of Paul and given him a new one.” Then she laughs, thinking about how her friends back home will react. “People will say, ‘Look! This is not your baby. You’ve gone to the city and exchanged your baby!’”

A beautiful boy’s bright future

Tresor was a lively, bright boy—at four-years old he could even read and write. His mom, Larissa worked hard to care for him and dreamed of a better life for her son.

Then she noticed a change in him. He started having trouble at school. He tripped and fell more often. Tresor’s teacher noticed the changes in him too.