Cameroon Tales

The daughter of two of our parishioners works with the charity Mercy Ships.  Each week she forwards a diary of how her week has been.

Mercy Ships are a team of nurses, doctors, surgeons, and other crew members from all over the world, donating our time to help on board the world’s largest non-governmental floating hospital,  sailing directly to some of the world’s poorest people to deliver life-saving medical care and provide safe, state-of-the-art facilities in which to treat them.
For more details about the work of the Mercy Ships visit their website.


  • Saturday 31st March 2018 10/04/2018 St Peter's Pastoral Area

    Hello everyone Just a short note this time as I am due to depart the Ship and return to the UK in approx. 2 hours. It has been a very emotional week. We had cataract surgery patients Mon – Wed, and because it was the last week of operations, we tried ...

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  • Monday 26 March 2018 26/03/2018 St Peter's Pastoral Area

    Hello everyone! Last week proved to be as busy as ever. On Monday I went into theatre for the morning to observe the cataract surgery being performed. It was really enjoyable – but not for the squeamish! We have a new surgeon with us – Dr Guy Chevally from Switzerland – ...

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  • Sunday 18 March 2018 21/03/2018 St Peter's Pastoral Area

    Hello everyone! A day late with the email this week. This past week has been busy with one thing and another – just flopped into bed last night amid the chaos of 3 new cabin mates arriving and unpacking as their flight was delayed.😪 Cataract surgery continues with 15 patients per day. ...

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  • Sunday 11 March 2018 11/03/2018 St Peter's Pastoral Area

    Hello everyone! 3 weeks left to go! My usual week of medical problems – plus a few neuro things this week – epilepsy and potentially undiagnosed Parkinson’s disease. I am continually surprised by the patients that I encounter! Secondary screening has now finished. Now that secondary screening has been completed, Rachael ...

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  • Sunday 4 March 2018 05/03/2018 St Peter's Pastoral Area

    Hello everyone I am now entering my final 4 weeks.  The cataract surgeries continue at a pace – we are still doing 15 – 20 surgeries per day.  I have my usual complaints of diabetes and high blood pressure, plus a patient this week who was in a motorbike accident the ...

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  • Sunday 25 February 2018 01/03/2018 St Peter's Pastoral Area

    Hello everyone! I returned to work last Monday. I had another nurse (Rachael) helping me during my first few days. Rachael is the second scheduling nurse who usually works at the ophthalmic secondary screening site at the local hospital. She said she really enjoyed the change and will probably be coming ...

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  • Sunday 18 February 2018 19/02/2018 St Peter's Pastoral Area

    Hello everyone! Well, what a week! As you read from my previous email, I started off the week with diarrhoea. I continued with this for nearly 3 days. On Wednesday I received the sample results – the lab had isolated the bacteria Shigella – also known as dysentery. This meant being ...

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  • Monday 14 February 2018 14/02/2018 St Peter's Pastoral Area

    Hello everyone! Sorry for the late email – seems as though some people are following these emails quite closely, and when one didn’t appear yesterday, I had messages asking if all was ok! Well, I’m afraid to report, it’s not been that ok this last 24-48 hrs. Went to bed Saturday ...

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  • Sunday 4 February 2018 04/02/2018 St Peter's Pastoral Area

    Hello everyone! I am now entering my final 2 months. As of yesterday, I have 8 weeks left. The cataract surgeries are continuing at approx. 15 patients per day. I heard last week that we have operated on our 1,000 cataract patient. Feels like 10,000 sometimes! I have had my usual ...

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  • Sunday 28 January 2018 28/01/2018 St Peter's Pastoral Area

    Hello everyone! Well, another week has passed. We still remain at 15 patients per day because our Cameroonian surgeon is training. I can call this week ‘a diabetic week’ – ranging from one day when there were no diabetic patients at all (I was shocked), to the other end of the ...

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  • Sunday 21 January 2018 21/01/2018 St Peter's Pastoral Area

    Hello everyone! Just a short note this week. I have a sore throat, cough and cold, so not up to a long email. Pretty busy week as usual – attending to all the normal medical things in addition to a few unexpected wounds, recent typhoid, an unusual genetic condition and one ...

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  • Sunday 14 January 2018 14/01/2018 St Peter's Pastoral Area

    Hello everyone! Back into normal routine now after Christmas. The cataract surgeries have started again this week. Currently we are doing 15 surgeries each day – we have a new Cameroonian Surgeon with us, Dr Christiane, who is learning the technique, so the number of daily surgeries is lower. Even so, ...

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  • Monday 8 January 2018 11/01/2018 St Peter's Pastoral Area

    Hello and Happy New Year to everyone! A short email this week – thought I’d better send one as some people were getting concerned that I hadn’t communicated this week! On New Year’s Eve we had some ballroom dancing on deck 7 before welcoming in 2018. Unfortunately no alcohol allowed on ship, ...

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  • 17 December 2017 18/12/2017 St Peter's Pastoral Area

    Hello everybody! Just a short one this time. It has been a very exhausting week for me. Kim (the co-ordinator in the eye room) with whom I work, has been unwell this past week, so I have been trying to incorporate her job into mine, in addition to working with our ...

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  • Sunday 3rd December 2017 03/12/2017 St Peter's Pastoral Area

    Hello everyone! Another busy week! The surgeries are continuing at great pace – there have been nearly 25 each day, and in addition to these, there has been an Ophthalmic Technician Training Course happening during the week too. Although it has not impacted my work too much, all the participants came ...

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