Julienne finds freedom

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The first time 14-year-old Julienne was called a “witch,” she was too young to grasp what the word meant. But she wasn’t too young to feel the sting of her own relatives’ rejection and to know that her condition made her different … an outcast. Julienne was just … Read More

A brighter future

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No one is prouder of this ray of sunshine than her father, Emmanuel. Cecilia brims with delightful energy, and Emmanuel is always one step behind her, ready to help her in the right direction. But, until recently, Cecilia needed more help than most little girls. “She smiles all of … Read More

When everything changed for Maurinho

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        VIDEO: Maurinho had a passion for soccer, but as his legs became increasingly bowed, it became more and more difficult for him to even get around, let alone run and play with his friends. The six-year-old future looked helpless,  until one day mercy happened. Watch Maurinho’s … Read More

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

Me first!

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“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

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

Following in Mum’s footsteps

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  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

X’s and O’s of orthopaedic surgery

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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

Prinscio’s new feet

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Watch Prinscio’s journey from a wee boy ashamed of his bent feet into a spirited little guy who, for the very first time, can walk and play like other kids.(Video 2.5 min)

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