Decrease avoidable suffering
Transforming individuals' lives through free surgical care: Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to vulnerable people.
By using hospital ships, Mercy Ships brings access to free surgical services within the financial and geographic reach of people in low-income countries, for people who have no other chance to receive essential surgical treatment. The long-term impact for individuals is immeasurable; their return to a healthy and productive quality of life.
Patients receive life-transforming reconstructive surgery on the Global Mercy and Africa Mercy for a fixed range of life-impacting conditions. Often previously ridiculed, the self-esteem of patients is gently nurtured by volunteer professionals during their recovery on board.
Many patients, even babies, arrive at the Mercy Ship carrying a life-sentence because of a treatable condition, like a benign facial tumour. Eventually the sufferer will likely be outcast because of superstition surrounding their appearance or may die from slow suffocation and starvation.
Common use of open fires for cooking in low-income countries sees toddlers and babies frequently suffering third degree burns. Without treatment, burns contractures cause permanent disability.
Children born with club feet, cleft lip and palate in the developing world have little chance of having corrective surgery. Those who survive are often rejected by their communities from their earliest memories.
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