meet Gamai

Country: Guinea
Age: 4 years
Surgery: Plastic Reconstructive

Over the next four years, Gamai grew more aware that she was not like other children. She wanted to play, to go to school, and even help her mother around the house—but the scars from her burns left her unable to straighten her severely deformed arms. And the stinging insults of people on the street made her hide at home.

Each year, Gamai grew more isolated.

Gamai’s dreams come true

When Gamai’s mother learned that Mercy Ships provided free surgery for people who suffered burns, it was an answer to the family’s prayers. Onboard the Africa Mercy, Gamai and her mother met other burn survivors. They were relieved to find this place of acceptance and mercy.

Gamai with a bandage on her eye
Gamai receiving an eye exam

On the day of her surgery, Gamai’s mother was nervous. She knew her daughter faced a painful and complicated procedure. When Gamai returned from surgery, she was in pain—but her arms were straight for the first time in years.

After several weeks of therapy to restore Gamai’s mobility she can now freely lift and straighten her arms. She can play, go to school, help her mother with chores, and have the normal life of any other little girl.

“I’ve been waiting for four years,” says Gamai’s mother of the surgery her daughter received. “All I can say is thank you.”

Gamai after surgery

love at first sight

Adama was five months pregnant when she started to lose her sight due to cataracts. When she delivered her twin babies, Adama had to face the truth. She was blind. She’d never seen her babies’ faces. She thought this was her fate. Forever.