She overcame all obstacles to become Benin’s first and only plastic reconstructive surgeon – the remarkable Dr Agbessi serves a nation of 10 million people in poverty. Multiply medical capacity in developing nations from Mercy Ships New Zealand on Vimeo.
“It was the stunning World Cup victory in 2010 which brought me to name my son after football coach José Mourinho,” says Maurinho’s dad. It makes sense, then, when his mum describes her son’s competitive nature. “When Maurinho says that he wants to achieve something, he will not … Read More
Believe it or not, a floating hospital ship requires a boat-load (shipload, actually) of highly skilled people to operate smoothly. Technical crew work in close collaboration with medical professionals to provide free essential surgery to people in poverty. The Africa Mercy crew includes a variety of essential roles that … Read More
“We weren’t sure if she’d come back alive,” Marthe’s friends and family declared when they welcomed her back home. She was returning from a long stay on the Africa Mercy, over four hours away, where surgeons removed tumour weight more than 13 kilos from her back. A massive burden had literally … Read More
Catch a glimpse into the real life stories and the remarkable transformation in the lives of people who received free surgical care they could never have afforded. Mercy Ships served the people of Benin for a fifth field service from June 2017 to August 2017. Benin field service … Read More
When Valerie was four, she asked her father to pull her out of school. “I didn’t want to go anymore,” she recalled. Her legs had begun to bow outward. Her father complied, eventually sending her to live with her uncle’s family in the city, closer to help. But, … Read More