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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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We Are Here to Serve the Poor

We Are Here to Serve the Poor

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Blog, Personal Stories | 0 comments

Believe it or not, sometimes I forget that. I’ve gotten wrapped up in a lot of different things here in the last few weeks, and I found myself losing sight of why I was in Congo. I started fantasizing about the ship being run into by a barge and having to leave the country, thereby making way immediately for Tenerife for repairs. As if this would...

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I’m a Busy Bee

I’m a Busy Bee

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Blog, Patient Stories | 0 comments

I want to tell you about Paul Christian, and how he was blind (I bet you can guess whether or not he can see now), but I need some more time. For one, I haven’t finished gathering the proper photos. For two, I haven’t stopped running around like a madman long enough to do so. In the meantime, I’ll just leave you with this photo I took of...

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