| Sep 22, 2015
Dramatic reports from one of our doctors aboard a Navy Ship in the Mediterranean
Surgeon and gynecologist Alberto
It's been a hard day. It was 6am. We approached a wreck boat carrying about 300 migrants on board. The rescue operations had just started, when they brought me a boy under arrest cardiovascular. I tried to revive him but had lockjaw and could not open his mouth to insert the Mayo cannula , then I had to declare the death of other 30 young boys, they were all less than 20 years old. August 15In the last contact I revived for 10 hours a boy, he had three respiratory arrests, we took him in Lampedusa and from there in intensive care in Agrigento. Being the only doctors on board I could not stop, I could not not stop. August 20
The commitment of the women and men of the Navy and the volunteers of Rava Foundation, that have worked for almost two years to contain this holocaust, there is no other term to define it, is the best of professionalism and humanity mankind has to offer. We must not "get used" to these dead, these numbers; a woman who had just seen her husband dead in a black bag, asked me "pourquoi?" The answer to this question is a mystery. We have a duty to question our conscience. No matter the size of the response, the important thing is that in our everyday life these news do not leave us completely and cynically indifferent and we do not forget the next day. August 22
Alberto, surgeon and gynecologis, from Cigala Fulgosi Patroller, The Sicily Channel, August 2015
The situation in the Mediterranean Sea has dramatically degenerated in the last weeks. Thousands of people are rescued from sinking boats every day.
We urgently needs support to increase the number of doctors and midwives deployed on the Italian Navy ships in the Mediterranean.
Migrants rescued on board Cigala Fugosi