Meet Cecilia, from Cameroon

Cecilia’s legs appeared fine when she was born, but as she grew, one knee twisted inward. This knock-knee made walking difficult and painful. But the pain never brought this sunny little girl down.

“She smiles all of the time,” says her father, Emmanuel, “but she needs help to walk.”

Each year her knee grew worse. Cecilia needed help. So, her family prayed for a way to get her surgery that could straighten her leg.

Then they learned about Mercy Ships.

An answered prayer

Emmanuel brought his little girl to our hospital ship. He hoped that when they returned home, Cecilia’s knock-knee would be repaired. And her life would be, too.

Onboard the Africa Mercy, father and daughter rejoiced when they learned that our volunteer surgeons could help. When the day came, the operation they waited so long for took only about an hour.

Cecilia was delighted. And the day she took her first steps with her miniature walker, her father was overjoyed.

“I’m so thankful for Mercy Ships coming to serve my people, who are in need,” says Emmanuel.

Step into Cecilia’s future

Now, thanks to friends like you, Cecilia’s future is as bright as her smile.

“My dream for her is to grow up and become a doctor, so she can change people’s lives,” Emmanuel says. “Just like the doctors here have changed hers.”

That’s our hope for her, too.