A Fist Bump For Fandresena

Posted on July 22, 2015 / ,

When I met five-year-old Fandresena he couldn’t use his right hand to give me a fist bump – a popular greeting similar in meaning to a high five. Two years earlier the cheeky little boy was caught in a house fire that severely burned his right hand.

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A New View of Scars

Posted on July 22, 2015 / ,

Three years ago, Windy was sleeping at home. Alone. The electricity had gone out, so a candle had been lit instead. Unfortunately, the candle was too close to the mosquito net that enclosed Windy.

Hot, merciless flames created the story that we now see.

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CLIA Recognizes Mercy Ships as Their Charity of Choice

Posted on July 16, 2015 /

Cruise Lines International Association to Partner with Mercy Ships to Promote Health and Well-Being in Developing Nations WASHINGTON, DC – July 16, 2015 – Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has selected Mercy Ships as their Charity of Choice.  Through this partnership, CLIA will work with Mercy Ships to further endorse their initiatives to deliver healthcare to … Continued

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Volunteer Blood Donors Saves Lives

Posted on June 14, 2015 /

The theme of the World Health Organization’s World Blood Donor Day for 2015 is “Thank you for saving my life.” Mercy Ships volunteers saved the life of Sambany, a man with a 16-pound facial tumor, by donating blood for him during a free operation onboard the hospital ship. The blood of seventeen people from six nations now runs through his veins. Sambany and many other surgery patients have received blood donations from the volunteer crew, the “walking blood bank” on the Mercy Ship.

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Mercy Ships Signed International Symposium Statement for “Surgery in Low Resource Settings”

Posted on May 27, 2015 /

Mercy Ships, together with 50 organizations, recently published a signed statement of the international symposium “Surgery in Low Resource Settings.” At the conference, a group of doctors from 150 countries considered possible solutions to the lack of specialized medical care worldwide for two billion people. The main focal point was the sharing of knowledge.

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Mercy Ships Praises Nurses during National Nurses Week

Posted on May 6, 2015 /

During National Nurses Week, Mercy Ships commends thousands of nurses who have volunteered on their hospital ships since 1978. Nurses have helped Mercy Ships provide more than 78,000 free surgeries, helped teach over 183,000 people basic healthcare, mentored African nurses and provided expert pre-operative and post-operative care to patients in the wards. Nurses continually give of their time and expertise to fulfill a critical role onboard the world’s largest civilian hospital ship.

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Statement regarding Nepal tragedy

Posted on May 4, 2015 /

We are grateful that none of the families of our Nepali Gurkha security crew onboard the Africa Mercy in Madagascar were harmed, although some report damage to their homes. We pray that God will protect them from any further aftershocks and for the ongoing massive humanitarian efforts currently under way in their nation.

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The Most Beautiful Thing

Posted on April 22, 2015 /

Elvie’s cuteness was not deterred at all by the fact that she was born with a clubfoot – her left foot turned inward. Although she had surgery when she was six months old, her foot remained bent. But spunky little Elvie did not allow her physical problem to limit her play time! She is one of the cheekiest, most talkative, feistiest, singing, lively little ragamuffin ruffians in the ward! Oh, how she loves to play with balloons!

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