By Sharon Verghis
Dr Nerida Butcher never imagined she would become a floating medic.
She had heard of the Mercy Ships while in medical school but it seemed a distant dream; “a magical far-off utopian place of medical work,” as she put it.
Then, on the final day of medical school, she heard Mercy Ships founder Don Stephens speak at her Newcastle medical school. It was an epiphany for the young, idealistic doctor. “I was basically in tears the whole presentation,” she says. “I knew I had to get on that ship.”