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

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

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

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

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

The adventure of a life-time

Warkworth’s Jessica Palmer was ready for an adventure. Her imagination was captured after hearing about about a Christian hospital ship serving Africa’s poor. “I felt inspired that I could travel to new country, use my skills, knowledge and compassion through my nursing practice, meet new people, bring hope … Read More

Tender mercies shown by dental team

  It is becoming a habit for Dr Hadleigh Reid to spend his down-time overseas – providing free dental treatment for some of the world’s poorest people. The Wanganui dentist is serving his second tour of duty in Africa with Mercy Ships. This month-long humanitarian adventure has taken … Read More

Fifalina

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At almost 10 Fifalina was the size of an average four-year-old because of her crippling disability – but she has the courage of a warrior. Fifialina aptly means ‘happiness’. Her indomitable spirit and her mother’s faith saw the remarkable come to pass as their hope turned into healing. … Read More

Haingo – transformed by mercy

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Haingo was born in a tropical downpour. Even in the hut’s dim light it was clear Hiango’s tiny mouth was slashed by a bi-lateral cleft lip. Her mother Viviaby’s joy turned to sadness, and her father immediately rejected the newborn saying, “In our family we don’t have babies … Read More

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