Finially pain-free

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“I remember one of the worst days,” says Veronique. “I was in so much pain, I could not even get out of bed.” Six years ago a tumour started to grow on Veronique’s chin. What began as a small bump slowly gained momentum until it took over her … Read More

The nurse’s tumour

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“It’s the largest tumour I’ve ever seen,” said the X-ray technician, watching as the massive tumour travelled across the computer screen. It belonged to Sonia, a 34-year old nurse. The growth stretched out from her left cheek and was the size of a human head. Sonia passed through … Read More

Isabelle’s ‘toothache’

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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

Why work for free?

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Assisting in surgery for one special patient was the highlight Naomi Watts’ time on board the Mercy Ship. The Cantabrian explains how Cecile’s operation to have a facial tumour removed was a poignant reminder of why she was working for free, so far from home.“As I did Cecile’s pre-op checks … Read More

‘Searching for hope’ image awarded

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“You have saved my life.” Mabouba’s voice breaks as she expresses her gratitude. After six years, her life-threatening tumour is finally gone. ““It was in 2010 that it started,” the 23-year-old recalls. At the time, Mabouba was finishing up her junior year of high school with plans to become … Read More

Removing Jocelin’s burden

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VIDEO:Jocelin hid his chin with a scarf to cover his shame; he was afraid of what the other children would say to him. But now he is bold and cheeky and delightful as he returns home with his overwhelmed Dad.

Somaya’s second chance

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VIDEO: 1min40 Somaya was born with a disfiguring cleft lip and cleft palate. Neighbors urged Somaya’s mother, Neny, to place the girl in an orphanage. But she told them “She is a gift from God! Soon I will find a solution to fix her lips and then she … Read More

She had no name

Nurse Sue Clynes from Tauranga served two tours-of-duty in the Africa Mercy operating theatres. There is one day that stands out from many others in Sue’s mind. Here is Chara’s story; The child was only on the cusp of womanhood, yet she had already suffered far beyond the physical … Read More

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