N’nady’s entire life and future

Country: Guinea, Age: 14 years

Meet N’nady

Every step was excruciating. The aches in her joints were unbearable. But the teasing hurt even more. Fourteen-year-old N’nady’s entire life and future were framed by two severely bowed legs.

A family’s fight of faith

When N’nady was 8, her older brother—who also had bowed legs—was able to receive free corrective orthopedic surgery onboard our hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. At the time, N’nady was located too remote to access the ship. She would have … Continue reading

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.

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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 … Continue reading

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.

For Mercy Ships, the milestone represents an important point in the nonprofit’s … Continue reading