We completed a 2 weeks eye surgical mission trip on the Africa MercyShips, currently docked in Dakar, Senegal, Africa.
We did pediatric ophthalmology surgeries for children and adult cataract surgeries.
We participated in screening patients and also teaching a local Senegalese doctor to help her perfect her surgical skills. We are scheduled to come back in June to help her with an eye camp in her home town in Senegal.
Africa grows on you. The more we go the more we love Africa. We took a short trip on a Saturday to visit an animal preserve in the desert. We got to see giraffes, zebras, and other big animals. The hundred years old baobab trees took our breath away, so majestic and so beautiful.
The people we treated are so appreciative of our help, they have very little, and to regain their eye sight back means a second chance to life again for them.
As we have to leave today, a part of us stays back with the people of Senegal and we hope to come back again soon to help many more blind people.
After 2 days flying from Florida to Charlotte to London, then Madrid then finally arriving to Dakar, Senegal, Africa, we boarded the Africa Mercy Ship at Midnight.
We have to wash our hands thoroughly before boarding the medical ship.
We completed our on boarding paperwork.
A cold dinner plate awaits each of us with our names written on the plastic cover.
Our cozy cabin sleeps two for a couple. Very nice, clean and comfortable. A nice touch is our cabin is one flight of stairs above the operating room so Dr Kondrot can just walk down the stairs in be in the OR every morning at 7 AM.
Our cabin door has our picture and names and all kinds of welcoming notes and other doctors and teams wanting to meet with us tomorrow to go over the surgical schedule for next week.
We will be busy!
We feel right at home. This is our second year returning on this wonderful medical ship, the biggest non governmental medical ship in the world.
We are tired, sleepy, hungry but very happy to be back and we know many people will be very happy to have their eyes operated on next week.
We are so honored to serve on the Mercy ships. It is an experience of a lifetime and we are so happy to be invited back every year to serve at a different country in Africa!