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.
Isabelle lives in a small village in the mountainous centre of Madagascar’s far north. The surrounding harsh terrain makes the area almost inaccessible, especially during the wet season when the dirt roads become mires of red mud. The 13-year-old loves her village life, and her favourite thing to … Read More
Assisting in surgery for one special patient was the highlight Naomi Watts’ time on board the Mercy Ship. The Cantabrian explains how Cecile’s operation to have a facial tumour removed was a poignant reminder of why she was working for free, so far from home.“As I did Cecile’s pre-op checks … Read More
“You have saved my life.” Mabouba’s voice breaks as she expresses her gratitude. After six years, her life-threatening tumour is finally gone. ““It was in 2010 that it started,” the 23-year-old recalls. At the time, Mabouba was finishing up her junior year of high school with plans to become … Read More
VIDEO: 1min40 Somaya was born with a disfiguring cleft lip and cleft palate. Neighbors urged Somaya’s mother, Neny, to place the girl in an orphanage. But she told them “She is a gift from God! Soon I will find a solution to fix her lips and then she … Read More
Nurse Sue Clynes from Tauranga served two tours-of-duty in the Africa Mercy operating theatres. There is one day that stands out from many others in Sue’s mind. Here is Chara’s story; The child was only on the cusp of womanhood, yet she had already suffered far beyond the physical … Read More
Haingo was born in a tropical downpour. Even in the hut’s dim light it was clear Hiango’s tiny mouth was slashed by a bi-lateral cleft lip. Her mother Viviaby’s joy turned to sadness, and her father immediately rejected the newborn saying, “In our family we don’t have babies … Read More