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Happy Thanksgiving from the Congo!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Congo!

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

I had an eloquent post saved as a draft in an email to myself, but it’s gone missing. The main point was that I’m grateful for all I was simply born into, including an education and access to healthcare. Opportunities. Safety. I have a lot to be thankful for, and I wish I could do it all justice, but I just got done with a four-week media team...

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The Privilege of Patients

The Privilege of Patients

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Blog, Personal Stories | 0 comments

During my first two years on board the Africa Mercy, I didn’t naturally get a lot of time to spend with the patients, especially in the regular course of my jobs. You might not realize this from half of the pictures that we release, but many of our day-to-day lives don’t revolve directly around our patients – even though all of our jobs...

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The Impact of Surgery in Africa

The Impact of Surgery in Africa

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Blog, Patient Stories | 2 comments

So far we’ve done 511 surgeries, which I think would be easy enough to tie directly into some statistic about how we’ve changed 511 lives so far this field service, but that would be short-sighted. One of the things that makes the impact of our work here on board the Africa Mercy difficult to quantify is the sheer magnitude restoring health to...

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Back from Brazzaville

Back from Brazzaville

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Personal Stories | 0 comments

This week was our second round of patient selection here in Congo, something quite unlike anything we’ve done before (normally we have one major event and that’s it). Over 70 crew members flew up from Pointe Noire to help with the process. We saw over 500 pre-selected potential patients. Brazzaville was nice, and felt very different from Pointe...

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