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Thursday, April 24, 2014

General Surgery Patients Come and Go

Caring for an ill child or parent is never an easy task. Illness can take a toll on the whole family. Many of the patients who come to the Africa Mercy are accompanied by a care giver to help them through the healing process.
Claire came to the Africa Mercy so that she could have free surgery to remove a goiter. Her daughter, Olga, faithfully cared for her in the ship’s hospital during her recovery. Now, Olga and Claire have returned home, where both mother and daughter are filled with renewed hope. “I am so overwhelmed with joy,” Olga said. “The first day we came to meet Mercy Ships, we didn’t know what the outcome would be. Right now, I want to say a big thank you to Mercy Ships and all the doctors and nurses who changed my mother’s life. I never thought my mother would have this surgery. She had this condition for [28] years. I’m very, very happy.”

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