S1:E1 Original Feature
One ship. Thousands of people suffering life-threatening illness. A team of Australian medics facing life and death decisions.
S2:E1 The Power of Yes and No
Monday, 25 November at 2pm on SBS
The first episode of The Surgery Ship series is a powerful story of life and death as the hospital ship arrives in Cotonou, Benin.
S2:E2 Skin Deep
Tuesday, 26 November at 2pm on SBS
The volunteer medics continue to select and treat extraordinary cases of medical need.
S2:E3 Sea Change
Wednesday, 27 November at 2pm on SBS
Volunteers encounter a young baby whose mother has been ostracised because of her child’s ‘curse’.
S2:E4 Gods and Monsters
Thursday, 28 November at 2pm on SBS
This episode explores cultural and religious factors that accompany the patient stories.
S2:E5 Blood and Water
Monday, 2 December at 2pm on SBS
Medics travel to Guinea to find a previous patient and bring her back to the ship for critical surgery.
S2:E6 The Long Road Home
Tuesday, 3 December at 2pm on SBS
The screening team travels up country to remote areas of Benin to find patients who need help.
S2:E7 On The Frontline
Wednesday, 4 December at 2pm on SBS
The trials and triumphs of working in West Africa.
S2:E8 Taking The Helm
Thursday, 5 December at 2pm on SBS
The volunteer crew members help train Beninese medics.
About The Series
The Surgery Ship is a story about the intense ethical dilemmas faced by individual medics as they decide who they will help and who they will turn away, knowing that there is nowhere else for these people to go. Despite these complicated issues, The Surgery Ship is also a story about the every day heroism of both Africans and the volunteers and the human drive to rise above circumstances, to survive, and give the best of ourselves – even when there seems no end in sight.
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