Transformed

Adiza’s goitre had been growing for more than half of her 63 years of life. It became so large it was strangling her. Weighing over 2.5 kilos, it wrapped around her neck, squeezing her trachea from the back and sides. She could barely breathe or talk, and the … Read More

Sisters with new sight

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“When I gave birth to Dorkas, she was a healthy baby,” recalled Nicole. “But the problems started soon after.” As she watched her firstborn constantly squinting, she became concerned. “I started to wonder what this could be,” she said. Her fears were confirmed and multiplied when, three years later, a … Read More

Making mercy happen

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Liz Preston’s midwifery training in South Africa’s infamous ‘townships’ will always remain with her. Later, three years as Opotiki’s Plunket nurse, and more than a decade as an acute care nurse in Whakatane hospital prepared her uniquely for the challenges she recently encountered in Benin, West Africa. Ms … Read More

She can’t get enough of giving

In Mercy Ships we affectionately call people like Robyn Ferguson repeat offenders. It is seven years since a Google search for a philanthropic adventure introduced this nurse to Mercy Ships. So far her seven short-term services have taken her to Togo, Guinea, The Republic of Congo, Madagascar and … Read More

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.

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