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Local Volunteers Share 'Mercy Ship' Experience

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Emily Montes, Glenn Gibson and Lisa Wernli are now the best of friends all because of the time they spent serving on what some call a hospital at sea.

“I never saw so many poor people and people come to the land and help them. That's amazing,” said volunteer Lisa Wernli.

The women—two from Asheville and one from Switzerland—spent several months on a Mercy Ship docked on the west coast of Africa.

Mercy Ships is an organization that sends cruise liners to more than 500 ports around the world. On those ships medical professionals and 1,600 volunteers provide basic healthcare needs to those without access to them.

“I’ve never been in an environment with that many people that just had a heart for compassion and willing to help people,” said Emily Montes.

The trio says thousands of people formed lines daily to board the ship. Once on board, doctors provide health services and life-saving surgeries.

Mercy Ships says their floating hospitals have treated over 572,000 patients. Workers have trained 164,000 local people in basic healthcare.

For more information on Mercy Ships watch 60 Minutes Sunday at 7 On Your Side. You can also visit their website.

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