Sailing along on what is literally a "hospital ship," Africa Mercy, Mercy Ships provides care to some of the 75% of the world who live within 100 miles of a port city, many of whom are lacking in adequate care. Courtney Waldron, LPT and Erin Williams, OTR were two of the volunteers on the ship's recent mission to the Republic of the Congo.
Courtney, Erin, and the other PTs and OTs treated a variety of conditions, but orthopedic pediatric patients were prominent. Fitting the children with braces and helping them work on their gait and balance filled their days.
"Working with patients, therapists get to spend the greatest amount of time. We're there pre-op (for those in need of surgery) for the evaluation and we're with them all the way through discharge. To see them for that long, from start to finish, and to even get to visit with them at their homes in a couple cases was a real blessing," Courtney said.
Flip through our gallery to see Mercy Ships' therapists in action and be sure to read our accompanying profile of Courtney and Erin.