The Surgery Ship

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Health-Medical Documentary hosted by Tony Collette, published by SBS in 2013 - English narration

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The Surgery Ship Out on the ocean, a ship of doctors and nurses is traveling to the poorest of the poor living in West Africa. It carries life saving medical services for people who have none: children who suffer with terrible leg deformities, women outcast from their communities by birthing fistulas, vast tumors of all shapes and sizes which afflict the unlucky. With no medical help, sufferers must survive the best they can - unless the ship is in port. The ship docks in a different country every year and people come from all corners of the globe. It is the last hope for so many – and if they miss the boat, there is no other chance. On arrival, a flood of patients pours into the port, but in this medical lottery not everyone can win. For the lucky ones, doctors will carry out lifesaving operations on unbelievable cases. Many of these ills do not exist outside of West Africa and have never been seen before by these doctors. Nonetheless, the volunteer medics must make on the spot life and death decisions. Some are too far-gone to treat, others not deemed severe enough - and the worst group are the patients in the middle, where the treatment may bring uncertain outcome, but no treatment means certain death. A confronting, complex journey for the volunteer doctors and nurses, it will be a case of life and death for many of the patients. By the end it is not just the patients who are transformed. The young nurses and doctors will be challenged to the limits of their training and abilities. Told through their eyes we follow the dramatic and confronting events as they unfold on the Surgery Ship.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: 2505 Kbps
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.778 (16:9)
  • Video Resolution: 1280x720
  • Audio Codec: AAC LC
  • Audio Bitrate: 160 Kbps ABR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: Stereo 2
  • Run-Time: 55mins
  • Framerate: 25 FPS
  • Number of Parts: 1
  • Container Mp4
  • Part Size: average 1.01 GB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: Harry65

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