Dorcas and Anna

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These little blind sisters live in a country so poor there is no educational or medical support for their family. Imagine how all their lives were transformed changed when Dorcas and Anna received free operations that gave them sight! The struggled up the gangway unable to see the world … 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

Deb Adesanya-Woman’s Day

The backstory: Caring for children recovering from major surgery was Deborah Adesanya’s assignment olunteering in the wards aboard the 16,000 tonne hospital ship, Africa Mercy. Some of her most poignant moments were with babies receiving surgery to correct birth defects like cleft lip and palate.  Most of her … Read More

Me first!

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“It was the stunning World Cup victory in 2010 which brought me to name my son after football coach José Mourinho,” says Maurinho’s dad. It makes sense, then, when his mum describes her son’s competitive nature. “When Maurinho says that he wants to achieve something, he will not … Read More

Removing Marthe’s burden

“We weren’t sure if she’d come back alive,” Marthe’s friends and family declared when they welcomed her back home. She was returning from a long stay on the Africa Mercy, over four hours away, where surgeons removed tumour weight more than 13 kilos from her back. A massive burden had literally … Read More

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

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