Like many in Madagascar, Tsima was married at the age of 12 to her teenage boyfriend in a traditional village ceremony. Within a year she was pregnant with her first child. What was a joyous time, for the young mother to be, quickly became tragic as her tiny body was not mature enough to bare a child. Contractions ravaged her body during labour, and finally after hours, she gave birth to a stillborn child.
The tragedy would continue as her husband immediately left her and she discovered that when she stood, the contents of her bladder emptied down her legs. … Continue reading
The moving story of Gisele a fistula patient on the Africa Mercy. Abandoned by her husband she had all but lost hope after 20 years of suffering, when finally she received a free surgery that restored her dignity and health.
When Duba was 10 years old she was given a bad malaria shot that resulted in a clubfoot. Still, decades later, she has spent the majority of her life walking with a cane and struggling to keep up with normal tasks.
A clubfoot occurs when the muscles and ligaments … Continue reading
Our nurses talk about what it’s like to volunteer on the world’s largest civilian hospital ship the Africa Mercy, operated by the NGO Mercy Ships.
For information about volunteering click here
In the dictionary a mother is defined as:
“A woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth.”
While this simplistic description is true it doesn’t let us understand the magnitude of the bond between a mother and child. We are partial to another description of by Madame Niore:
“A mother is one that loves unconditionally, leads by example, and puts others before herself (biological or not). A good mother could never be called second rate.” –Madame Niore