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

Following in Mum’s footsteps

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  Juliette understood exactly what her daughter Orlane was suffering. You see, Juliette has also lived clubbed feet since birth. She was broken-hearted when Orlane was born with the same condition. Correcting club feet is complex. The Mercy Ships medical team can straighten babies feet with casts and physiotherapy over … 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

Blind siblings gain sight

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The children’s mother Amina understood their dark struggle only too well. She too had been blind until the age of 13. Suddenly hope appeared on Amina’s horizon when the first Mercy Ship Anastasis docked in her nation of Benin in 2001. She was offered an unheard of opportunity … Read More

X’s and O’s of orthopaedic surgery

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The Mercy Ships orthopaedic ward is full of laughter and giggles of children who are amazed as they look in the mirror at their own straight legs.  Some of the children arrived with severely knocked-knees; their legs made a definite “X’ shape as they did their best to … Read More

Surgeon, researcher, AND American Ninja Warrior?

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Meet Mark Shrime. This ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor heard about Mercy Ships back in 2006 through a friend of a friend. In-between fellowships, he decided to apply. “I was accepted, spent six months on the ship in Liberia and have been coming back ever since!” Twice … Read More

Serah won’t remember having club feet

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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

Food for Life.

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Where does all the produce go that’s grown throughout the Mercy Ships agricultural training program? It’s donated to the local orphanage, of course. Beninese crew member Eliphaz Essah leads the Food for Life programme, the agricultural branch of capacity building at Mercy Ships. Early on in each field service, Eliphaz … Read More

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