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One ship. Thousands of people suffering life-threatening illness. A team of Australian medics facing life and death decisions.  

A unique hospital ship offering lifesaving surgery sets sail for the poorest of the poor in Africa. They have just one year to do the impossible – to provide the care these people cannot get any other way. On board are volunteer doctors and nurses – now headed straight for the biggest medical and ethical challenges of their lives. Ahead lies unbelievable illnesses, many they have never seen outside of textbooks. A dramatic journey is underway as they deal with life and death cases and balance the fates of patients in their hands.

Watch The Surgery Ship 8-part series each Thursday at 7.30pm AEDT on National Geographic from 7 October.