One Year Later - Marie Madeleine's Mercy Ships Story
For years, Marie Madeleine's hyperextended knee made walking a challenge. She dreamed of walking through life step by step with her friends. Her family didn't give up hope that her dream would one day be possible... and a free surgery with Mercy Ships even brought another new dream to life:
"She was inspired by Mercy Ships to become a doctor," said Marie Madeleine's grandmother. "She wants to be a doctor to help people like she was helped."
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Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building, and sustainable development to those with little access in sub-Saharan Africa. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 55 developing countries, providing services valued at more than $1.74 billion and treating more than 2.84 million direct beneficiaries. Our ships are crewed by volunteers from over 60 nations, with an average of over 1,200 volunteers each year. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills. With 16 national offices and our Africa Bureau, Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations.