Local Volunteers Share 'Mercy Ship' Experience - WSPA.com

Local Volunteers Share 'Mercy Ship' Experience

Posted: Updated:
Local Mercy Ship Volunteers Local Mercy Ship Volunteers
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -

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.

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • State Agencies Probe Greenville Crematorium After 7OYS Investigation

    State Agencies Probe Greenville Crematorium After 7OYS Investigation

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:59 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:59:15 GMT
    After 7 On Your Side asked questions about a business seeking non-profit donations, state agents began their own probe.After 7 On Your Side asked questions about a business seeking non-profit donations, state agents began their own probe.
    A 7 On Your Side Investigation into an Upstate Crematorium launched a state probe into the business.  Cremation Society of South Carolina sought donations for a non-profit.  7 On Your Side discovered the business was a for profit corporation.
    A 7 On Your Side Investigation into an Upstate Crematorium launched a state probe into the business.  Cremation Society of South Carolina sought donations for a non-profit.  7 On Your Side discovered the business was a for profit corporation.
  • New Lifesaving Tool Now in AnMed Health Helicopter

    New Lifesaving Tool Now in AnMed Health Helicopter

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:45:35 GMT
    AnMed Health's LifeFlight now carries a new cooler with lifesaving blood and plasma on every call.AnMed Health's LifeFlight now carries a new cooler with lifesaving blood and plasma on every call.
    From the battlefield to the Upstate, new lifesaving technology is going airborne. AnMed Health’s LifeFlight is changing the game by bringing a new cooler with blood and plasma on every call.
    From the battlefield to the Upstate, new lifesaving technology is going airborne. AnMed Health’s LifeFlight is changing the game by bringing a new cooler with blood and plasma on every call.
  • Meth Lab Impact In Upstate

    Meth Lab Impact In Upstate

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:50:25 GMT

    Drug enforcement officers in one Upstate county have made five meth lab busts in just four weeks. Experts say it's important to know when crimes like this are happening near you.

    Drug enforcement officers in one Upstate county have made five meth lab busts in just four weeks. Experts say it's important to know when crimes like this are happening near you.

Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.