Nurse shows mercy

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

SUC­CESS res­i­dent and Fiona Stan­ley Hospi­tal nurse Aida Oak­don faced her fears to serve aboard Mercy Ships in West Africa ear­lier this year.

Docked off the coast, the ship is the world’s largest char­ity hospi­tal, pro­vid­ing free health care to poor and un­der­priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ties.

Ms Oak­don had pre­vi­ously vol­un­teered in the Philip­pines, teach­ing ba­sic hy­giene to chil­dren and car­ing for the el­derly dur­ing post-typhoon re­lief ef­forts.

“I heard about Mercy Ships 10 years ago when I was a stu­dent nurse. Since then, it has al­ways been my goal to save enough money to vol­un­teer,” she said.

But the reg­is­tered nurse, who works in the post-anaes­the­sia care unit at FSH, said she was ini­tially ap­pre­hen­sive about go­ing to West Africa in April.

But she dis­cov­ered the ex­pe­ri­ence out­weighed con­cerns for her safety.

“The pa­tients were po­lite, brave, hum­ble and al­ways smil­ing,” she said.

“Many of the pa­tients I saw had been with­out care for a long time due to a lack of ad­e­quate and af­ford­able med­i­cal care.

“It was a life-changing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“My fu­ture lies in vol­un­teer­ing in any ca­pac­ity I can, whether it is lo­cal or abroad.”

Nurse Aida Oak­don vol­un­teered aboard Mercy Ships.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.