Amadou, a four-year-old boy, was the first patient to be operated on aboard the Global Mercy ship, which is currently docked in Dakar, Senegal.
He was born with one windswept leg and one bowed leg, making even sitting for a meal painful.
It is also the first time that a single ship will serve two countries from the same port.
Up to 25% of the surgery patients are expected to come from nearby Gambia at the invitation of the Senegalese government.
Over the next four months, the Global Mercy will provide more than 800 surgeries.
There are currently no fully certified paediatric orthopaedic surgeons working in Senegal.
During the previous 2022 field service, Mercy Ships provided training and mentoring for more than 2,500 participants.
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