Patient Stories

Sometimes we are asked, “How can you possibly change the situation? There are too many people.” Well, the answer to that is simple, as our longest-serving volunteer surgeon, Dr Gary Parker, said: “We can change it one life at a time.”

For many people in low-income countries, surgery is simply not an option, either because it doesn’t exist or it is inaccessible.

Onboard our floating hospital, the Africa Mercy, Mercy Ships provides safe surgery for free, transforming thousands of lives in every country it visits. On this page you can meet some of the incredible patients we have treated.

Valerie and Edith

Valerie and Edith

Fifalina

Fifalina

Baby Junior

Baby Junior

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Maurinho

Maurinho

Dorkas & Anna

Dorkas & Anna

This work is only possible because of our incredible volunteers

There are around 400 volunteers on our hospital ship at any one time, and 1,000 serve onboard throughout the year. One of them could be you!

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