Maomai: saved from suffocation
Baby Maomai would have probably died of suffocation had not Mercy Ships doctors intervened with vital surgery.
It was the middle of the night, and Perlagie couldn’t sleep. The image of Maomai, her three-month-old baby girl, flashed through her mind every time she closed her eyes. A huge tumour the size of the baby’s head was jutting out of Maomai’s neck. Perlagie looked over at her daughter, peacefully sleeping in her bed, and began to cry.
Baby Maomai was born with a cervical teratoma, a congenital benign tumour that had developed into a monstrous growth protruding from her neck. It started out as the size of a golf ball but after only three months the tumour was almost as large as the baby’s head.
What should have remained a joyful event for the whole family and village â€” the birth of a baby â€” soon turned into a living nightmare. Now when fellow villagers looked at Maomai, all they saw was a monster. And in a country where physical differences mark people as outcasts, Maomai was not welcomed anymore.
Perlagie and her husband naturally sought out help for their daughter. They took her to a local hospital, but there was no surgeon to operate. For over a week, Perlagie stayed in a local hospital, waiting, hoping and praying for a doctor to come along and help her daughter - but no one came. Eventual