Mercy Ships Helps Cameroon Boy Avoid Leg Amputation

CAMEROON — With an injury that could cost him not being able to follow in the footsteps of his namesake, Adam Zidane hoped for a miracle. Thankfully, that miracle soon came in the form of talented, servant-hearted volunteers on a Mercy Ship to help avoid leg amputation. See how a father’s love and a ship full of people just like you joined together to give Adam Zidane another shot at his dreams.

Abdoulai Adam Zidane’s Father:

“When he fell sick I took him to the hospital. The nurse gave him an IV drip. The needle missed his vein and the fluid drained into his foot.

“The nurse came in the following day and his foot was already swollen. They did their best to treat him but to no avail. He was in that state for about 3 years.

“Everything is in the hands of God because I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t have the means to take him to hospital again. I couldn’t afford that.

“I said God would definitely show me the way, and by His grace He has shown us the way.

“It was then that Mercy Ships arrived.”

After hearing about the arrival of Mercy Ships, Adam Zidane and his father traveled more than 200 miles in search of healing.


“When we first got to the ship, I was amazed. They did all the tests and he had two surgeries on the ship.”

After the operations Mercy Ships volunteers worked with Adam Zidane to strengthen his newly healed foot.


“I really thank Mercy Ships and everyone working on the ship. I don’t know what else to say because I am very happy.”

Upon returning home Adam Zidane’s entire community welcomed him with a celebration.


“He is very happy to be able to play again. He can do things he couldn’t do before. I am very happy and thank them so much.”

About Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building, and sustainable development to those with little access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 55 developing countries, providing services valued at more than $1.7 billion and directly benefitting more than 2.8 million people. 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 an Africa Bureau, Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. For more information click on

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