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Returning: Surgery Ship

Documentary series profiles volunteer Australian medical staff at work in Africa.

Season 2 of Surgery Ship begins on SBS this week.

This has previously been a feature documentary and series filming volunteer Australian medical staff at work in Africa.

This is an 8 part series which has previously aired on National Geographic.

A unique hospital ship offering lifesaving surgery sets sail for the poorest of the poor in Africa. They have just one year to do the impossible – to provide the care these people cannot get any other way. On board are volunteer doctors and nurses – now headed straight for the biggest medical and ethical challenges of their lives.

Ahead lies unbelievable illnesses, many they have never seen outside of textbooks. A dramatic journey is underway as they deal with life and death cases and balance the fates of patients in their hands.

Season Two, Episode One:
When the surgery ship Africa Mercy docks in Benin, West Africa, thousands of desperate people crush the screening line as Nate leads a team overwhelmed by saying ‘no’ to so many, and ‘yes’ to so few. We follow the stories of thirty-five-year old Julien who has a disfiguring jaw tumour, cleft lip baby Patricia, and young Michel whose family is initially told he will die, as their lives are turned around by the volunteer Mercy Ships’ doctors.

Tuesday, 27 November at 9.40pm on SBS

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