Taking the Helm
The volunteer medics continue to treat extraordinary cases of medical need. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michelle White travels to Lakossa to help train Beninese medics. Australian medic Nick Veltjens mentors local physiotherapist Melchior in the Ponseti method of treating club feet. Featured patients include Howefassi – a woman with a large and complex neck tumour that tests surgeon Mark Shrime to his limits, Baby Joanes – a clubfoot patient treated by the Ponseti team, and Baby Riana – a girl with a rare disease called arthro-gryposis that can only be partially treated on the ship.