Isabelle thought the relentless, painful swelling in her mouth was caused by a bad tooth. Mercy Ships surgeons removed a tumour that was growing both outward and inward, with her right eye in its path.
Isabelle lives in a small village in the mountainous centre of Madagascar’s far north. The surrounding harsh terrain makes the area almost inaccessible, especially during the wet season when the dirt roads become mires of red mud. The 13-year-old loves her village life, and her favourite thing to … Read More
The locals say nothing will grow in entire regions covered by sand in Madagascar. There, vegetables and fruit are a dreamed-of luxury. Nutrition is poor. The health of the vulnerable suffers. But Mercy Ships crew member George Coleman saw treasure where other people see trash. Mercy inspired the Romanina to make a … Read More
Sandrine’s elation turned to shock when her longed-for daughter was born. The baby’s tiny feet were twisted at severe right-angles, facing inward. Sandrine tearfully wrapped Serah’s disfigured feet and could not find the courage to look at them again for three days. Sandrine’s husband had been delighted about … Read More
The massive goitre that hung from Serafine’s neck was part of her life for 34 years. It began as a small lump when she was breastfeeding her first child; the village women told her this was the cause. She had no way to find any other information. Serafine … Read More
Starship Health paediatric nurse Vivien Welsh always knew she wanted to work with children. She entertained both teaching and nursing as career options. But time with a Christian missionary organisation based in Brisbane and travelling in India and other parts of Asia convinced her nursing was the right … Read More
Hannah Rutherford recently volunteered with the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. The Mercy Ship was docked in Madagascar, and Hannah describes how she was impacted professionally and personally as she worked alongside the international teams providing healthcare services to people in extreme poverty. After … Read More