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Vidant nurse helps people in the Congo

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Scott Eldridge is a nurse at Vidant in Greenville. He also is one of the nurses who helps on a Mercy Ship.

Mercy Ships offer free surgeries and treatment to people in third world countries. Since starting in 1978, Mercy Ships have performed more than 67,000 life-changing surgeries.

Eldridge served on one of the ships for two months in the Congo. He says getting to know the patients makes the whole thing rewarding.

"What was it like for them to live with a disfiguring facial feature or a large tumor that you were mocked or made fun of," Eldridge said. "When you come back to the States, we're so blessed here to have a lot of the resources that these people in the third world countries don't have."

Volunteers who serve on Mercy Ships must pay for their own expenses. Although Eldridge has already served on Mercy Ships twice before, he hopes he will get the opportunity to serve again.


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