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Eric Collier – Mercy Ship


Posted on October 29th

Eric Collier – Mercy Ship

Rotarian Eric Collier works for Mercy Ship, which operates the floating charity hospital “Africa Mercy.” The ship provides a wide range of free surgery to poor unfortunate people around the world, mostly Africa. The ship docks for 10 months in each location and has visited 70 ports to date. Hundreds of people line up in each location for triage and to be considered for help. Eric explained that the most debilitating and urgent cases are given priority. More surgeries are performed on the ship each year than at any other hospital. About eight surgeons are offering their services at present. About 1,200 volunteers rotate, putting about 450 people on active duty at any one time. All personnel, including the ship’s captain, are unpaid volunteers. The average cost per month of running the hospital ship is $1,000,000. Eric showed before and after pictures of people whose often great deformities had been alleviated. “Africa Mercy” is often called “the love boat.”




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