Dr Odry Agbessi

Dr Odry Agbessi

“When I was 12, I saw a woman on TV … her suitor had burned her with acid. Her face had become fused to her neck, so she could never look a person in the eye.” Dr. Odry Agbessi mimics the condition, tucking her chin in close to her throat. “There was not one plastic...
Seny Gets Another Chance

Seny Gets Another Chance

Before her tumor, Seny was studying economics at the University of Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. With goals to graduate and get a job in finance, the future looked bright for this highly intelligent young woman. Then, suddenly, a small bump appeared on the inside of...
Isatu’s Healing

Isatu’s Healing

Sometimes the biggest change we see in our patients has nothing to do with the medical condition our volunteers treated. After free surgery onboard the Africa Mercy, Isatu is healing on the inside and the outside. No “thank you” could ever mean as much as...
Monique’s New World

Monique’s New World

At 3 years old, cataracts caused Monique’s world to fade. Now 10, she is shy & timid, staying at home with her grandmother instead of going to school. Monique, eye patient, at her home before surgery. At 6 years old, she had almost lost her sight completely. She...
Life Behind Closed Doors

Life Behind Closed Doors

Confort never imagined the morning she put on a pot of boiling water to make some rice for her hungry daughters would be the start of a mother’s nightmare. One-year-old Gamai, who had just started walking, toddled past the pot knocking it over as she fell. As the...