Adama was five months pregnant when the world around her started to flicker and fade. The clouded cataracts in her eyes only allowed her to see mere shadows and shapes. Months passed and her vision continued to dwindle.

“Maybe it will clear up after I give birth,” she told herself.

But once she’d delivered her twin babies — a boy and a girl — 30-year-old Adama had to face the truth. She was blind and without access to affordable, safe surgery, she was afraid she might never be able to see the faces of her newborns.

“I thought this would last forever. I was very desperate. I didn’t have any hope.”

But for Adama, both hope and healing were on their way in the form of the Mercy Ship.

This opportunity meant more than just free surgery. It meant giving Adama the chance to step out of the darkness to take care of her own family. It meant hope.

The day after her operation on board the Africa Mercy, Adama’s eye bandages were peeled back. Gradually, she blinked her eyes open. A smile spread across her face, and she reached for her twins, drinking in the details of their faces for the first time. Adama cradled them both in her arms at the same time, eyes dancing between the two.

“I never expected that my babies would be so beautiful,” she murmured.