HOPE nurses carried out orthopedic work in
Sri Lanka at Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Colombo
General Hospital, and on board the ship.
Surgery in one of S.S. HOPE's three operating
rooms, Tunis, Tunisia, 1969
Immunization clinic, Jamaica, 1971
|Quotations are from HOPE volunteers.
Voyage 6, to Columbia
"There have been, of course, some daily little crises like nonfunctioning air conditioners, leaking pipes, flat tires, missed buses, unconfirmed airline reservations. But all of these things keep us from getting set in our ways. Honestly, we are all becoming so flexible that we may never fit back into the routines when we come home."
Gail Petre, R.N.
Voyage 7, to Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
February 1968-March 1969
"Children are much the same everywhere. At home they used to bring me bunches of daisies--here they bring handfuls of orchids."
Mary Anna Morris,
Voyage 8, to Tunisia
August 1969-August 1970
"Thursday was a very busy day in the OR. Five of the six operations scheduled in the 3 operating rooms made for much activity. At 8:00 am, in Room 1, little Sabir Bentlassen, age 7, had a delicate brain operation by Dr. W. James Gardner and his Tunisian counterpart, Dr. Bettaieb. . . . The operation was to correct insensitivity in the left side of his body. At the same time in Room 2, a young woman underwent plastic surgery. Though only 34, she seemed twice that age due to past extensive burns."
Voyage 9, to the West Indies
January 1971-November 1971
"The bright white HOPE van bumps along narrow twisting roads to isolated communities like Barking Lodge and Hampton Court. There in the tin roofed shed behind Mr. Smith's store the HOPE team administers polio and tetanus vaccine. The clients are mothers and babies."
Father Daniel P. Tormey,
Voyages 10 and 11, to Brazil
February 1972-March 1974
"So much is preventable; so much could have been ameliorated had these people been brought to some sort of medical facilities. And I think what is really needed is a way to overcome the feeling of inevitability of a disease taking its toll."