A new reason to smile

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Jacqueline’s trauma from a prolonged obstructed labour permanently damaged her body, but miraculously her precious baby survived. That was eight years ago. Since her daughter’s birth,  33-year-old Jacqueline has been incontinent because of the obstetric fistula caused by the ordeal.  Sadly, Jacqueline was abandoned by her husband and shunned by … 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

Hoanaky’s restoration

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Hoanaky laboured hard for four days in her remote village in Madagascar’s far south. Exhausted, she finally delivered a stillborn baby. Her loss was compounded by the impact of the traumatic delivery. The prolonged pressure of the baby’s head damaged muscle and tissue, creating an abnormal opening between … Read More

Retired Royal New Zealand Navy commander featured in North & South magazine

The hospital of the Africa Mercy is situated inside a ship. Without the hard work and skill of our dedicated seamen, our ship (and thus the hospital) would sink, double meaning intended. They are a crucial reason we are able to bring hope and healing to the forgotten … Read More