The Africa Mercy docked in Cotonou, Benin.
The screening team drives through Parakou, Benin, en route to a field screening in Natitingou. (December 2016)
Israel has a right complete cleft lip. I love taking care of children with cleft lips because their smiles are twice as big. Cotonou, Benin. (August 2016)
Screening nurses with Adiza before her goiter surgery.
Adiza after surgery! She now has room to breathe!
Rachel Lappin, folks. One of Northern Ireland’s finest nurses. Cotonou, Benin (January 2017).
I met Saidou during an upcountry field screening trip. He was burned years ago. He had surgery this month! Cotonou, Benin (January 2017).
People wait in line at the Cotonou Screening Center. Cotonou, Benin (August 2016)
Harmen weighs an infant. Cotonou, Benin (August 2016)
Blandine has bilateral burn contractures to her hands after a hot liquid spill. Cotonou, Benin. (September 2016)
Mercy Ships treats many kinds of facial tumors. A hands on assessment is crucial. Cotonou, Benin (August 2016).
These little gems are some of our ortho patients. Don’t be fooled–there are some lively and expressive personalities hidden behind those serious faces.
Valerie is one our pediatric patients.
Frank, the orthopedic surgeon, assess Valerie’s leg in screening. Cotonou, Benin. (November 2016)
Valerie has straight legs!
Stella and Hippolyte (Mercy Ships translators) take a patient’s blood pressure during the screening goiter clinic. (November 2016)
the stilt village, Benin.
Life is a carnival ride. Cotonou, Benin (December 2017).
The lovely Sasimeny. She is the youngest of 8 siblings and the only girl. Cuddling is an essential part of the healing process when you’re separated from your family for two months. Tamatave, Madagascar (January 2016)
Credit Photo: Mercy Ships; Aerial photos of the Africa Mercy sailing into Tenerife in July 2013
Leaving Antananarivo and heading to the Toamasina port. 8 hour bus ride ahead. No AC. Very few bathroom breaths. #leggo
Photo Credit Josh Callow – The Africa Mercy departs from the port of Toamasina, Madagascar.
©2015 Mercy Ships – Photo Credit Katie Keegan –
Photo Credit Justine Forrest, A Ward Christmas Walkers
Angeline received surgery for a neurofibroma. These tumors stem from nerves and create a “saggy skin” appearance. Often these dislocate eyes and disrupt vision.
© 2016 Mercy Ships – Voatse. Tamatave, Madagascar.
©2016 Mercy Ships – Photo Credit Catrice Wulf – Ward nurses Linda Van Den Akker (CAN), Kayla Innis (USA), and Elizabeth Harter (USA) with Elina (MGC07074), Sasimeny and Floratin on A Ward. Tamatave, Madagascar. (January 2016).
Noeline was scheduled for surgery to repair her complete cleft lip and palate when she got hit by a gastrointestinal bug. I took care of her on the ward until she was healthy enough for surgery. Did you notice her cute “crab hands”?
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