Keith R. Brinkman serving with Mercy Ships. This is another way for me to communicate with you all what is happening. I hope you enjoy seeing the photos and entries.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Tamba's exercises

Tamba Alie Junior comes from Koidu in Kono district of Sierra Leone. I have known him since he first arrived. He had burn contractures at the age of 2 because he put his hand in boiling water. The plastic surgeon did his surgeon and he is in teh recovery and exercise stage. In this photo you see the creative ways for our young patients to engage in therapy excercises. We still pray for the complete healing of his hand and the area on his leg for the skin graft.

John Kunhateh at therapy

John was one of the first patients I meet in Sierra Leone - as he grabbed my hand and took me for a walk in the hospital. He comes from Kenema and arrived on board March 14 and spent 4 months with us.
He had major orthopaedic problems with his legs - though now he standing tall and walking. He has returned home and we heard via phone that he is doing really well.

Barbeque on the dock

With over 400 crew members, up to 200 local day workers, 100 + (patients/caregivers) in the hospital, our galley feeds a lot of people. We are so grateful for the containers that come from The Netherlands and from the USA with food - including the steaks you see in this photo. Make you hungry?

4th of July in Freetown

Even though the ship crew come from 40 nations, on the 4th of July (US Independence Day) we had a great barbeque on the dock.