12 year old Josue from the Republic of Congo suffered from a haemofibroma, a type of tumour or growth that protruded from the right side of his face. Bulling from other kids at school got to the point where he could not handle it anymore and dropped out.
The person who did not give up on his was his dad Paul who even quit his job as a mechanic to travel with his son to Pointe-Noire where he had heard that there was a hospital ship that might be able to help his son.
Josue only spent one night aboard the ship before a 6 hour surgery was performed to remove the tumour, reconnect his ear and straighten his face. He didn’t really have time to get used to these new surroundings and had to spend his second night in the intensive care unit as well as several more days quite heavily sedated to help him on the road to recovery.
Fortunately his father Paul was there by his side to comfort him and in a few days his smile returned and Josue started playing games and joking with the other kids on the ward. It would take some time for the swelling to go down and for the moment he would have to wear a patch over his right eye, but eventually his face would look quite “normal” and he could return to school and for the first time in many years be just like any other carefree 12 year old!.