The Power of Yes and No
The first episode of The Surgery Ship is a powerful story of life and death as the hospital ship arrives in Cotonou, Benin.
The volunteer medics continue to select and treat extraordinary cases of medical need.
Volunteers encounter a young baby whose mother has been ostracised because of her child’s ‘curse’.
Gods and Monsters
This episode explores cultural and religious factors that accompany the patient stories.
Blood and Water
Medics travel to Guinea to find a previous patient and bring her back to the ship for critical surgery.
The Long Road Home
The screening team travels up country to remote areas of Benin to find patients who need help.
On The Frontline
The trials and triumphs of working in West Africa.
Taking The Helm
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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