Young life saved.

Share Sekouba’s story, meet Sekouba Country: Guinea. Age: 12 years

It was an ordinary morning when then 10-year-old Sekouba first noticed a tiny bump in his mouth. He showed it to his mother, M’mahawa, who thought it would simply go away on its own. But it didn’t. What began as a button-sized growth inside Sekouba’s mouth, grew as big as a tennis ball. It was a dangerous tumor. Breathing soon became difficult, threatening his life.

Physical and emotional suffering

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Share Gamai’s story / Meet gamai

Country: Guinea. / Age: 4 years

Gamai was just a toddler when she pulled a pot of boiling water over and badly burned her arms. Her parents rushed her to the hospital but were only given ointment for treatment. Because she didn’t get proper care for her burns, Gamai’s arms healed in a constricted position—leaving her unable to straighten either arm. Over the next four years, Gamai grew more aware that she was not like other children. She wanted to play, to go to school, and even help her mother around the house—but the scars from her burns left … Continue reading

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.

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M-S 100,000th free surgical procedure

7-month-old patient receives cleft lip surgery onboard world’s largest nonprofit hospital ship

CONAKRY, Guinea (21 May 2019) — A baby born with a debilitating cleft lip in Guinea has received free surgery from international Mercy Ships volunteers, marking the nonprofit’s 100,000th surgical procedure onboard its charity hospital ships.

Aissata (EYE-sat-ah), a 7-month-old child, traveled with her mother approximately 350 kilometers to receive the surgery on the hospital ship the Africa Mercy, which has provided free surgeries to more than 2,100 people in Guinea since arriving in August.

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Esther’s story

Meet Esther, from Cameroon

Esther was a beautiful, healthy baby, who delighted everyone.

But she was born into poverty. Because of this, she didn’t get enough of the right nutrients during the first 18 months of her life. So, she developed rickets, a vitamin deficiency that caused her legs to soften and bend incorrectly under pressure.

Esther’s mother, Mabel, tried to find a way to fix her vibrant little girl’s twisted leg. She was told that nothing could be done and that it was too late.

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