Conditions requiring surgical treatment kill more people in low-income countries than HIV/Aids, TB and malaria combined. There is a global surgery crisis.
But, with God, all things are possible! On the coast of Africa is a ship like no other, the Africa Mercy. The Africa Mercy is world’s largest charity-run hospital ship. Her crew are all volunteers, working around the clock to provide free surgeries to desperate people – people like Baby Junior.
‘The crew follow the model of Jesus – we help the blind see, the lame walk and the outcast return home with dignity.’ Patricia
When Baby Junior was first brought to the Africa Mercy, his mother, Francoise, was living her worst nightmare. He had been born with a cleft lip and palate that made it impossible for him to nurse properly. At three months he weighed just 4 pounds 4 ounces – less than when he was born!
Mercy Ships medical staff immediately recognised that Baby Junior’s condition was critical. They brought him onboard the Africa Mercy immediately, before the hospital was even officially opened.
Three months later, weighing a whopping 14 pounds 1 ounce, Junior was three times the baby he was when he first arrived. He was strong enough for surgery that would restore his future and reward his mother’s courageous hope.
And now, Baby Junior has reached a milestone that his mother thought she would never see: his first birthday!
Will you help more people like Junior? Will you Give, Go, or Pray?
Visit www.mercyships.org.uk today to find out more!
Since 1978, Mercy Ships have visited 56 countries, providing services worth more than £1.2 billion. Our volunteers work with host nations to improve healthcare systems by training local medical staff and renovating facilities to leave a lasting legacy.