Vivien Welch

Screening nurse from Auckland. You won’t see Vivien in the SUNDAY programme because she was indispensable in another location. Vivien serves in one of the most challenging roles onboard the Mercy Ship – the experienced paediatric nurse works in the screening team. It is their job to triage the multiplied thousands of hopeful, desperate people seeking medical help. For most, Mercy Ships is their last hope.

The screening team’s days are long and extremely demanding. Their professionalism, maturity and faith is taxed to the limit as they must determine if a case is considered operable. If not, the person must be told – honestly, compassionately, eye to eye and with the greatest respect, that there is no help available. But for thousands every year, the beautiful words ‘We can help you’ are life-changing.