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Operation Continuing Promise (09:17)


Dr. Sanjay Gupta boards the USNS Comfort, an oil tanker that has been converted into a floating hospital. The ship is on a humanitarian mission to Jamaica where 56-year-old Marleen Maxwell hopes to get treatment for her thyroid condition.

Gupta Tours Site (07:03)

Chief Medical Officer Christine Sears gives Gupta a tour of one of two mobile medical sites that have been set up to treat locals, explaining aspects of the mission. Maxwell is among the 9,744 patients who receive treatment.

USNS Comfort Operating Room (05:42)

Maxwell is wheeled into surgery where she has her thyroid removed. Dr. Natalie Whylie explains how medical procedures are prioritized at the crowded Kingston Public Hospital. The Comfort’s next stops include El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama and Colombia.

Credits: Providing Comfort (00:21)

Credits: Providing Comfort

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Providing Comfort

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With more than 700 medical personnel, the ability to store 5,000 units of blood, and 12 operating rooms, the USNS Comfort is one of the United States' largest trauma facilities. In fact, it is the world's largest floating hospital. Built inside a converted oil tanker, this U.S. Naval hospital ship has traveled the world to save lives. This month on Vital Signs, join CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta on board the USNS Comfort as it docks in Kingston, Jamaica to deliver critical healthcare to people in need. Meet the nurses, doctors, and surgeons who are dedicated to bringing life-changing services to patients all across the Caribbean and Central and South America. It's a behind-the-scenes look at how a highly-trained hospital staff can help when it takes to the high seas.

Length: 23 minutes

Item#: BVL187406

ISBN: 978-1-64623-301-4

Copyright date: ©2015

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