Mohamed’s Astonishment

The cyst on Mohamed’s neck had been growing for thirty years. Mohamed and his wife feared for his life when the cyst made it difficult to eat, sleep and speak.
The cyst on Mohamed’s neck had been growing for thirty years. Mohamed and his wife feared for his life when the cyst made it difficult to eat, sleep and speak.

This once desperate man is now brimming with hope.

„The lump on my neck started growing when I was in my mid-twenties.“ Recalls Mohamed. „I had worked very hard to complete University studies in law, planning to have a good career in the justice department of the Guinean government. But when I could no longer hide the growth, my career stopped.“


After years of unfair treatment in the workplace and ridicule from his colleagues, Mohamed’s morale was crushed and his growth became life threatening. This might have been the end of Mohamed’s story if Mercy Ships had not come to Guinea this past year.

When Dr Mark Shrime, a Mercy Ships volunteer surgeon first met Mohamed at a screening in Conakry he and his family had fallen into a deep despair. Mohamed’s growth was a common cyst that had begun at childbirth but had grown to a size that Dr Mark had never seen before. Mohamed had learned through bitter experience that he had no access to the treatment he needed and had spent the past 30 years suffering because of it. All that was about to change.

Following a successful surgery, Mohamed wrote a personal account of his experience to share with his friends and family. „Mercy Ships saved me and renewed my life. All of the volunteers for Mercy Ships were so helpful and kind. The most amazing part is that they actually pay to come here so that people they don’t even know can be healed! Who else but God sends people like that?“

After a period of recuperation, Mohamed will eagerly look for employment in keepin