Radiographer from Epsom
Miriam White had dreamed about volunteering for five years.
She heard about Mercy Ships while at university. ‘The stories I read about patients they’ve provided surgery to touched my heart. I wanted to use my professional skills to make a difference and offer hope to people in need,’ Mriams explains.
In November Miriam packed her bags and made the long trek from Auckland to Guinea, West Africa for her seven-week tour-of-duty. She worked alongside another radiographer onboard. Miriam’s tasks included performing x-rays on the Mercy Ships patients as part of their pre-surgery assessment, sometimes during their stay, and before they were discharged.
Miriam attended Sema at ‘week 4 post surgery’ as his major orthopaedic surgery required monitoring. ‘I loved taking the discharge x-rays for the children who had received osteotomies (corrective surgery on their legs). It was exciting to see them standing straight for the first time.’
Nabinty had a CT-scan performed by Miriam on her first day at work on board! The images were a vital part of her assessment and treatment plan. Normally there is only one CAT scan for the entire population 12 million people in Guinea, West Africa and accessing the service at $250 a time is well beyond the reach of the vast majority. Miriam’s services doubles that capacity and, as with all mercy Ships services, it is provided free to charge to the patients.
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