Amadou refused to be defined by the tumor that had been growing on his face for more than 15 years. To those in his community, Amadou was a doctor, a leader, and a pillar of hope.
Medicine was a clear path for the 46-year-old, who had been a practicing nurse for … Continue reading
A New Smile and A New Future
At first glance, Kadidja is just like any other child. The 4-year-old girl is happy and energetic. She loves to dance, play, and eat good food. She brightens up any room with her fearless energy and hardly ever stops giggling. But something was holding her back.
When Kadidja’s mother, Ramata, gave birth to her daughter, the doctor who assisted the delivery noticed that the baby had come into the world with a cleft lip. Knowing that there was nothing he could do for the little girl, the doctor told Ramata about Mercy Ships.
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After Zackaria was born, his mother, Binta, began seeing signs that he was suffering from cataracts — a condition that her eldest child had experienced.
“I knew about Zackaria’s eyes when he was still very young, as I had the same experience with my firstborn,” Binta said. “Elimane had an operation, but his surgery was not successful. I wept when I saw that my new baby was looking and moving in the same way.”
The Global Mercy carries out first humanitarian mission.
The world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Global Mercy, has joined its sister ship, the Africa Mercy in the port of Dakar, Senegal. Since the arrival of the Africa Mercy in Senegal in early February, Mercy Ships volunteer surgeons have performed more than 270 free surgeries aboard the hospital ship.
Leocadie cried when her baby was born, and the tears didn’t stop for the next three months as the tumor grew. Leocadie also dealt with glaucoma, meaning her vision was severely impaired while she was trying to care of her new baby. It was difficult to know how to hold him with the tumor, and others had to guide him into her arms. Without money to afford surgery, she was overcome with paralyzing fear for her son’s future.
“I was so sad. I thought he would die. I couldn’t stop crying,” said Leocadie. And if he did survive, she was … Continue reading