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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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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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Letting Go

Letting Go

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Blog, Patient Stories, Reflecting | 2 comments

The world is a series of microcosms, the borders of which define the reach and impact of our suffering. Life goes on outside, but this does not negate the reality or profundity of that for which we mourn. A little girl died on the ward on Monday. When she came to us, we thought we might be able to help her. She had a tumor in her mouth, one that was large...

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Giving All You’ve Got (AFM Patient Story)

Giving All You’ve Got (AFM Patient Story)

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Blog, Patient Stories | 0 comments

The following patient story was written by Catherine Clark Murphy and is unaltered in its presentation. You’d better find a translator quick – because Hasanatu has a lot to say. Known affectionately by crew as Mama H, Hasanatu had surgery in January to remove a massive facial tumor. Pull up a chair, and she will tell you all about her favorite food (rice),...

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A Love Unblind (AFM Patient Story)

A Love Unblind (AFM Patient Story)

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Blog, Patient Stories | 0 comments

The following story was written by Catherine Clarke Murphy and is unaltered in its presentation here. Fodé had been living in quiet isolation for more than a year when the Africa Mercy hospital ship arrived in Conakry, Guinea. Fodé is deaf and mute from a childhood illness; when he began to lose his eyesight to bilateral cataracts almost two years ago, he...

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