Each year around 750 volunteer nurses from around the world work on the hospital ship Africa Mercy for anything from one month to many years.
It was at one of the first eye patient screening days in Congo that I first saw Pulcherie. As she slowly moved along in the line of people entering the gates I could tell she was blind by the way she walked. She was carrying a baby on her back. Soon it was time for me to examine her and I really wanted to be able to help her. I examined her right eye but soon discovered that her cornea was damaged and there was nothing we could do to fix that.