A group of Mercy Ships crew left the ship on Saturday for a day trip to an area in Liberia called the Bong Mines. A local train allows us to strap our Land rovers to empty cars of the train and enjoy the 2 1/2 hour train ride through Liberia. The trip ends at a beautiful, large lake. It's a great day trip.
Last weekend the crew arrived back to the ship with one person more than they left with. That same weekend 11 year old Augustine, who was from the Bong mines area, had fallen off a truck and broken his jaw. He was lucky to not have any major internal injuries but unlucky to live in a country that currently has no health infrastructure. There was no where he could go to proper treatment.
Somehow, he was able to contact a member of Mercy Ships and arrange to join the crew on the train ride home. On Monday, he had surgery to correct his broken jaw.
After spending a day in very bad pain, he had a much better day today. This is a photo if him outside on the 7th deck. I'm glad we were able to help him.