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 teacher’s burden

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It seemed like a small thing, so Lalao* paid scant attention to the small bump on her face. Instead of disappearing over time as she expected, the swelling on the Malagasy schoolteacher’s face grew and grew. Over 14 years the benign tumour developed until it resembled a huge … Read More

Valerie starts over

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It was a stranger who eventually told Valerie about Mercy Ships. One day, the 14-year-old left the shop on an errand, only to be startled by a woman following her, trying to give her information. “I was scared,” remembered Valerie, “but, looking back, I think that woman was … Read More

Overcoming the impossible

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When Valerie was four, she asked her father to pull her out of school. “I didn’t want to go anymore,” she recalled. Her legs had begun to bow outward. Her father complied, eventually sending her to live with her uncle’s family in the city, closer to help. But, … Read More

Rose and her Dad

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Pounding yams … hand-washing clothes … head-carrying water or goods to sell … feeding a baby … all common tasks for women in many parts of West Africa. For some, it’s part of living; for others, it’s a matter of surviving. For a young girl like Rose, having … Read More

All hands on deck!

Retired Naval Commander Larry Robbins returns to sea offering his nautical expertise for three months as the Mercy Ship undertakes the annual season of voyages. After assisting to sail the 16,000-tonne hospital ship from Benin to a shipyard maintenance period in the Canary Islands, Larry will conclude this tour-of-duty … 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

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