| Jun 8, 2016
Tragedy and hope at sea. We are doubling the number of our medical teams operating on board.
Boat capsizes in front of Patroller Bettica
It's going be the hardest three months coming up now: thousands of people are crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Egypt and Lybia every week, the Italian Navy and our medical teams are doubling their efforts to reach and save them before they sink and disappear into the waters. We are organizing 15 medical teams doctor+nurse and doctor+midwife to be working on board of most of the Navy units this summer.
On May 25, a boat carrying over 500 migrants capsized off the Lybian coast. Patroller Bettica's crew managed to rescue most of them during a dramatic operation. From Ship Betica, the sad testimony of Giusy, Francesca Rava's voluntary midwife, on her third mission with the Italian Navy " Pain ... just a lot of pain ... I guess you have seen on TV what happened today ... I have no words ... Come on ... we take courage and we managed to save more than 500. But the screams the others have accompanied and will accompany us for long. Pain ...".
A few days before, they had loaded more than 350 migrants, among them many women and children. Two of them were pregnant. Our midwife cared for them. Just as they were about to land them, one of them started to bleed and Giusy, through the ultrasound equipment we have on board, could make a diagnosis of abortion. It was deeply painful and sad for the mother.
We are engaged to ensure constant presence of specialized personnel in the months to come, we need to pay their travel expenses and insurance, we need to equip them with emergency kits, we need donations to be able to be there where tragedy may enfold any moment of the day and night.
Ultrasound scanning on board