Valerie starts over

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It was a stranger who eventually told Valerie about Mercy Ships. One day, the 14-year-old left the shop on an errand, only to be startled by a woman following her, trying to give her information. “I was scared,” remembered Valerie, “but, looking back, I think that woman was … Read More

Overcoming the impossible

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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

Why not you?

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Non-medical crew members help provide surgery for Africa’s poorest people. Watch 90 sec video here. Did you know half the Mercy Ships crew work on board, outside the hospital? If you are a cook, a hairdresser, an IT specialist, a teacher or just willing to roll up your … Read More

Dr. Andry, Orthopedic Surgeon, Surgical Mentoring Participant

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Madagascar, the fourth-largest island in the world, is home to over twenty-two million people. But there are only eight surgeons who specialize in orthopedics and traumatology. Most of them are located in the capital city, Antananarivo. In the port city of Tamatave, where the Mercy Ships is docked, … Read More

Flower pots and pigs feet

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What do shoelaces, clay pots, pigs trotters and dozens of dedicated Madagascan doctors have in common? There have been some very strange goings-on in the Africa Mercy‘s E Ward in recent months; curious contraptions holding shoe-lace-like things, synthetic skin, and pigs’ trotters. There was material laid over flower pots which held … Read More