After nearly two months at sea, USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) returned to homeport Norfolk from providing life-saving care to residents of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Comfort left Norfolk on Sept. 29 and arrived in Puerto Rico on Oct. 4. Immediately upon arrival, sailors from Comfort started treating patients. Ultimately, according to a Navy statement, Comfort would treat more than 1,899 patients, perform more than 1,899 patients, perform 191 surgeries, provide 76-thousand liters of oxygen, and ten tons of food and water.
The Navy reported ship’s the physicians conducted nearly 200 total surgeries, including 44 general surgical procedures such as hernia repair, gallbladder removal and appendix removal; 25 major orthopedic surgical cases; 17 amputations; and 15 urologic procedures.
Among the notable surgeries, the Navy reported Comfort’s medical team performed:
- A modified radical mastectomy for an advanced case of breast cancer
- A complex multi-organ abdominal cancer resection
- An urgent drainage and exploration of a complicated neck infection
- An emergent open repair of a ruptured aortic aneurysm which comprised the largest – the most complex surgery ever performed on a hospital ship.
Also while providing disaster relief, the Comfort staff delivered two children during the hurricane relief mission. The first was a baby girl, Sara Victoria Llull Rodriguiz, born Oct. 14. The second was a baby boy, Isaias Valerio-Fonseca, born Nov. 3. His father is a Navy veteran, according to a Navy statement.
You might also like to read..
- ABS-Approved Sterntube-Less Ship Concept To Save Shipowners Thousands While Keeping Oceans Clean
- Seafarers Win Commitment To Mandatory Internet Access In International Law
- Top 12 Tanker Shipping Companies in the World
- NYK’s First Chief Engineers Successfully Complete NTMA And Internal Training Program
- One Of World’s Largest 24,000TEU Ultra Large Container Carriers Undocked In Shanghai
- Watch: OceanGate’s 2022 Titanic Expedition Document Wreck Of Titanic For Future Generations
- Seafarers’ Unions Agree On New Three-Year Global Minimum Wage ‘Safety Net’ Deal
- What Are Hybrid Ships?
- ONE Inks Shipbuilding Contracts For 10 Very Large Container Ships