An amazing transformation

Sambany, before his surgery.
A team of 8 people made everything possible to make the surgery a success.
Sambany is happy to be alive after a very critical surgery… and to discover his new face !
With his 17 blood donors around him!
Sambany made the exhausting trip to the ship with the help of his grandson Flavy. They both agree that it was worth all the efforts !

Our medical team, although used to see all kind of large tumors, knew this was not just another patient. In short time, the whole crew was aware that something special was just happening - an historic encounter !

Sambany is 60. Around 35 years ago, a tumor on his jaw began to consume his life until it became a burden the size of two heads. This tumor also became a burden of his heart, as many people and family members rejected him. Harsh words were flung at him: „Why are you still alive? No one can help!“

Eventually, Sambany became so weak that he couldn’t do anything apart from lying down. His life became a monotonous cycle of waking, sleeping eating and lost completely meaning. About one year ago, he started to wait for his time to come : „I was waiting to die. I could not do anything. Every day, I was just waiting to die.“

But, Sambany did not die. It was an announcement he heard on the radio about the arrival of our hospital ship in Madagascar that saved him.
It was a journey that only a desperate man would attempt. The closest road was very far away, the ship was hundreds of kilometers away and Sambany already struggled to walk around his house.

To make it from his village to the ship, Sambany had to be carried on the backs of six people for two days through the bush, until they reached a paved road. Then a 4-hour ride in a packed taxi dro