Saskatoon woman returns from Mercy Ship

A Saskatoon woman has returned from her two week trip to Senegal.

Lillian Woelk, a registered nurse was one of many medical volunteers to head overseas to help provide medical training and free surgeries to local residents through the Mercy Ships program.

Woelk stayed on the world’s largest charity hospital ship, the Africa Mercy which has been docked since August at the Port of Dakar.

Woelk says during her 14 days on ship, they averaged around 10 to 15 operations everyday across three different operating rooms. The operations included everything from orthopedics to hernia repairs.

While serving for two weeks from the end of November to the beginning of December, Woelk says she was able to tent in the Sahara Desert during her limited free time.

Woelk adds she came across other Canadians on the ship that were from Prince George, Edmonton and Waterloo, Ontario.

This was Welk’s fourth time serving in the Mercy Ships program.


More from 620 CKRM