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In places without access to proper medical care, orthopaedic conditions in children are unfortunately commonplace. Birth defects go uncorrected. Bone breaks are rarely set and mended. Life changing surgeries and physical therapy relieve the suffering caused by deformities and neglected trauma. Because of the Mercy Ships Orthopaedic Program, children all over Africa are able to run and play, and are given the chance for a productive future that they never would have had otherwise.

Mansare grew up with a condition known as bowed legs, which made walking and running an exhausting challenge. After years of watching him struggle with his limited mobility, Mansare’s family was excited to hear the news that he might finally find healing on board the Mercy Ship!

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Whether you're performing surgery to remove a tumour, cleaning the deck,
or teaching the children of our crew, it takes skills of all kinds to bring hope and healing. See how Beth Kirchner found her place as a kindergarten teacher on board the Mercy Ship!

Mariama carried the burden of a facial tumor since birth. Finally, she will be able to look in a mirror and believe that she is beautiful.

Kadiatou spent too much of her life as a quiet observer, always wishing to be a part of the games, but her severely twisted feet just wouldn’t allow her to play. Until the Africa Mercy arrived to give her an opportunity to join the fun.