Isabelle thought the relentless, painful swelling in her mouth was caused by a bad tooth. Mercy Ships surgeons removed a tumour that was growing both outward and inward, with her right eye in its path.
Juliette understood exactly what her daughter Orlane was suffering. You see, Juliette has also lived clubbed feet since birth. She was broken-hearted when Orlane was born with the same condition. Correcting club feet is complex. The Mercy Ships medical team can straighten babies feet with casts and physiotherapy over … Read More
“His name is Destiny. His Father chose it, and we felt it would be a good name.” His mother Cardine explains. “I hope one day he will be an engineer … or a pastor.”, she smiles as she pauses for a moment, gazing into different possible versions of … Read More
Juste is a larger than life character wrapped up in a four-year-old’s body. He doesn’t seem bothered by the lump on his head and already has a plan for when it’s gone. “After they do the surgery, I will become president, have money and buy a car!” Juste … Read More
In Mercy Ships we affectionately call people like Robyn Ferguson repeat offenders. It is seven years since a Google search for a philanthropic adventure introduced this nurse to Mercy Ships. So far her seven short-term services have taken her to Togo, Guinea, The Republic of Congo, Madagascar and … Read More
The children’s mother Amina understood their dark struggle only too well. She too had been blind until the age of 13. Suddenly hope appeared on Amina’s horizon when the first Mercy Ship Anastasis docked in her nation of Benin in 2001. She was offered an unheard of opportunity … Read More
The Mercy Ships orthopaedic ward is full of laughter and giggles of children who are amazed as they look in the mirror at their own straight legs. Some of the children arrived with severely knocked-knees; their legs made a definite “X’ shape as they did their best to … Read More
Sandrine’s elation turned to shock when her longed-for daughter was born. The baby’s tiny feet were twisted at severe right-angles, facing inward. Sandrine tearfully wrapped Serah’s disfigured feet and could not find the courage to look at them again for three days. Sandrine’s husband had been delighted about … Read More