Haingo’s story

Meet Haingo, from Madagascar

Haingo’s cleft lip was obvious, but it was a tiny, unseen hole in the roof of her mouth that was preventing the 7-month-old girl from breastfeeding. And threatening her life.

Her mother, Viviaby, did everything she could to try and feed her baby, but she knew Haingo desperately needed surgery to repair her mouth. When a stranger told Viviaby about Mercy Ships’ free surgeries, the courageous mother carried her baby for two days just to find transportation to the ship.

Your compassion brings help

Once aboard the Africa Mercy, our pediatric nurses began around-the-clock emergency nutrition for Haingo because she was dangerously underweight. Eventually she grew to 7.7 pounds and was strong enough to undergo the two operations needed to repair her cleft lip and cleft palate.

As Haingo came out of the first surgery, Viviaby gathered her baby in her arms. “She’s beautiful!” the tearful mother exclaimed.

The healing power of mercy

Thanks to compassionate donors like you, Haingo’s palate is now repaired, and she is able to eat and drink normally. Now, she will grow, get stronger, and have the ability to speak clearly, too.

When Viviaby and Haingo returned to their village, family and friends could not believe their eyes. Haingo’s amazed 4-year-old brother even protested, “You exchanged my sister! That’s not my sister!”

“Nobody believed someone could help Haingo,” Viviaby shared. “Without Mercy Ships, Haingo would have died.”

“But my baby is healed!”

Your gift today multiplies in impact to help provide lifesaving surgeries and medical care to suffering children and families