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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Daddy’s All Star Champion

Posted on April 22, 2015 /

Tojo felt the pain of his son’s condition. He would assure Rajo, “Daddy will find a way to fix it.” He added, “Every day, just looking at him, I have strength to take care of him. I have the strength to carry on. I love my children so much.”

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No Longer Left Behind

Posted on March 31, 2015 /

Sandrins sadly watches as her sisters run down their neighborhood road with the other children. They are excitedly ready for another day at school where they can learn new things! Eight-year-old Sandrins looks at them longingly, desperate to join but unable. While her sisters and friends are all receiving an education, Sandrins must stay home with her mother – left behind, as she often is, because of a foot deformity.

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Sambany, A “Dead Man” Lives

Posted on March 25, 2015 /

The man trembled up our gangway and did something extraordinary . . . he changed our lives while we were changing his life. Over the next few weeks, his name was spoken across the Africa Mercy’s eight decks, thousands of tears and prayers ascended to God, and social media exploded with his story. What was so special about Sambany?

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