Uncategorized

Houssainatou, maxillofacial patient, before surgery.

Houssainatou lives in a town in the highlands of Guinea with her parents and her four siblings. The ten-year-old would say her childhood has been a happy one: she talks about playing jump rope with her friends, helping to take care of her little brother, and climbing the trees that speckled their neighbourhood.

Houssainatou’s father, Souleymane, has worked hard to protect this childhood free from fear — but his reality has been very different. The facial tumour protruding from Houssainatou’s mouth filled every day with worry that he would have to watch his daughter struggle and die at an early age.

The first sign of her condition came when Houssainatou felt pain in her mouth when she was just a toddler. It eventually became a lump that steadily grew over time.

Her family decided two years ago to keep Houssainatou home from school because of her health. Instead, she would stay home with her mother to help cook and clean the house. They worked hard to ensure their daughter was happy, and didn’t feel defined by her condition, but Souleymane says it was very difficult for them.

‘We’re all worried. We worry all the time,’ he said. ‘We have no money. The village clinic can’t help her. We can’t afford the kind of surgery she needs. We kept praying, and worrying, and looking for help.’

The maize farmer felt he was failing Houssainatou because he was unable to generate the funds needed for her medical care. ‘I can only get enough food to feed my family, but not extra,’ he said. ‘I’d never have the means to take care of surgery for my daughter.’

One day, a relative living in the port city of Conakry told Souleymane about Mercy Ships. He brought his daughter to several rounds of patient selection screenings — and eventually, she was accepted for free surgery onboard the Africa Mercy.

When the time came for them to walk the gangway to the ship, Souleymane called himself the happiest man in the world. Houssainatou’s bravery had never shone brighter — as she explored the place that would be her home for the next two weeks, a volunteer crew member asked her how she felt about her upcoming surgery. ‘I’m not nervous… I’ll be asleep through it all anyway,’ she said.

Houssainatou with her father after surgery

And what a transformation while she ‘slept’! After just one day — and a four-hour surgery — Houssainatou was down in the wards of the Africa Mercy getting ready to see herself in the mirror, tumour-free, for the first time in her young life.

The sight made Souleymane exuberant with joy and gratitude. ‘I cannot believe it. She is so beautiful!’ he exclaimed. ‘I am so happy and so excited to bring her home to see the family.’

After several post-op follow up appointments, Houssainatou was healed — happier and healthier than she’d ever been. As father and daughter got ready to leave the ship and return home to their family, Souleymane reflected on what her surgery has meant to them: ‘My heart is free now. The fear is gone,” he said. ‘I used to spend every day afraid she would die young, but now I will spend my time helping her have a future. I want her to become a doctor so she can help people the way she herself has been helped.’

Written by Rose Talbot

Uncategorized

Ebenezer couldn’t understand the sudden, horrendous pain in his feet that brought him to a halt. He tried to brush away whatever was causing him agony, but the pain spread to his hands. Ebenezer had stumbled into a hidden fire pit.

40 STORIES OF HEALING: Day 18

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 his daughter’s birth, but he felt ill when he learned about her club feet. All he could think about was her limited options for the future in Madagascar. She would be ridiculed at school, would be unlikely to find employment and dare not hope to marry. Serah’s Grandmother just cried and cried.

But the midwife explained there was hope for Serah; Mercy Ships was returning to Madagascar in 2016 and could treat her condition. It wouldn’t cost them anything!

When Serah was seven months old they began weekly visits to the Ponseti clinic. Serah grew used to the physio team ‘playing’ with her bent feet – gently stretching and manipulating. After each session, Serah’s feet were held in the newly attained position by a fresh plaster casting.

Serah had six little casts consecutively on both legs before a snip of her Achilles tendons allowed her feet to fully pop into the final, anatomically-correct position. To maintain this ultimate degree of foot flexion she wore miniature foot braces constantly, for three months, then braces at night.

When Serah took her first steps in 2016, she looked just like all her little toddler friends. It’s impossible to tell she was born with a disability.
Serah will never remember living with the burden of bi-lateral club feet, but her Mum will never forget.

Uncategorized

…Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adi pisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.

psum dolor sit amet, consectetur adi pisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor inci didunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum. Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque.

psum dolor sit amet, consectetur adi pisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor inci didunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum. Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque.

psum dolor sit amet, consectetur adi pisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor inci didunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum. Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque.

Related Posts

Uncategorized

1-4-900x900 (Demo)
lorem ipsum dolor sit amet
L

Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt. Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum. Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi.

Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt. Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum. Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt explicabo.

Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt. Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum. Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sun.

Related Posts

Uncategorized

dummy-post-square (Demo)

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam varius metus quis ornare interdum. Mauris sit amet urna diam. Ut dolor ipsum, commodo ac odio quis, pharetra ultrices sapien. Sed viverra ipsum sit amet nibh molestie porttitor. Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Nullam eu pharetra ligula, nec gravida purus. Donec efficitur ultricies gravida. Donec tincidunt diam a libero efficitur rhoncus. Donec sagittis varius ornare. Suspendisse libero justo, finibus non lorem sit amet, dapibus volutpat augue. Etiam et vestibulum massa. Donec euismod lectus ut sem condimentum, non iaculis mauris congue. Suspendisse at aliquet dolor. Praesent nisl odio, finibus non volutpat vel, tristique et dui. Suspendisse placerat dolor vitae urna volutpat ullamcorper. Nulla ornare volutpat ligula, sed pharetra quam bibendum ut.

Cras ut orci nunc. Fusce blandit rhoncus sapien, eget eleifend erat malesuada ac. Etiam

Aliquam rhoncus arcu quis efficitur feugiat. Morbi at elit congue, placerat metus eu, tincidunt tortor. Maecenas luctus fringilla eleifend. Suspendisse sagittis, ligula vitae bibendum mattis, justo sem facilisis purus, eget posuere metus libero sed risus. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Quisque at congue velit. Sed sed libero vitae diam imperdiet eleifend. Suspendisse vitae mi felis. Nam consectetur nec felis eget tempus. Vestibulum malesuada posuere urna, sit amet consectetur nisl. Suspendisse semper magna dolor, ac sollicitudin diam mollis accumsan. Nulla at commodo tortor. Vivamus id volutpat risus. Donec ut tellus sed velit laoreet pellentesque.

In vel tellus eu nulla vehicula rhoncus et eu mi. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse ac quam quis enim hendrerit tempus id congue ante. Cras consequat lorem et neque facilisis tincidunt. Maecenas non mi pretium, interdum odio eget, sollicitudin mi. Proin tempus ligula et lacus egestas varius. In pulvinar nisl dolor, non commodo eros blandit id.

Related Posts