Free surgery for women in poverty

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Celebrating international Womens’ Day. Each week Mercy Ships is providing free life-transforming surgery for women in poverty. Obstetric fistula is just one speciality offered, and it’s a tough one to talk about. According to the UNFPA, motherhood remains a very risky endeavour in developing nations where every two minutes … Read More

Life’s simply joys

After five years as an intensive care nurse at Christchurch Hospital, Jess Doney is used to dealing with crises. Her acquired skills have been put to the test when she recently stepped into a new and extraordinary surgical environment. The 26-year-old signed on articles for a two-month tour-our-duty … Read More

Making essential surgery accessible

Lack of access to safe surgery results in more deaths worldwide every year than HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). There is growing international acknowledgement of what theatre staffs have long known and advised: accidental trauma, birth complications and the lack of … 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.

Making a practical difference

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

Jean’s new legs

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VIDEO: Jean’s O-shaped legs made it nearly impossible for him to walk normally—let alone run, jump, kick or play. Instead, Jean’s earliest memories are of isolation, ridicule and despair. Watch his transformation in 90 seconds

Volunteering with life experience

Transition from the intimate environment of Whangarei hospital’s Special Baby Unit to wards on the world’s largest civilian hospital ship is positively challenging for nurse Ellen Parker. The idea of volunteering her professional skills had been growing for years when she heard first-hand from an anaesthetist how compelling … Read More