In 2004, a tsunami swamped Indonesia. The USNS Mercy hospital ship was deployed to help with the relief effort; Rear Admiral Bill McDaniel headed up that effort. This is his story.
Faces of the Tsunami, Ch5
Dr. McDaniel writes situation reports to his superiors, and when politics and bureaucracy interrupt his missives, his superiors are left on a cliffhanger! 'What happened to the patients, Bill?? You can't just leave us hanging like that!'
Faces of the Tsunami, Ch4
Arriving at the USNS Mercy hospital ship, Dr. McDaniel faces some resistance as he designs the workflow and standard of personnel interaction he desires. Needless to say, he seeks to create a compassionate and efficient process for both his staff and the patients.
Faces of the Tsunami, Ch3
Bill McDaniel arrives in Banda Aceh ready to save lives...but bureaucracy and politics have to be maneuvered.
Faces of the Tsunami, Ch2
In early 2004, Bill McDaniel gathers his team and travels to Indonesia to meet the USNS Mercy hospital ship.
Faces of the Tsunami, Introduction
In this introduction, Bill McDaniel has to keep a baby in respiratory distress alive.
Breathtaking Story, Beautifully Recorded
Tara Blair has a way with the spoken word that brings a story alive, filled with the great concern that the story itself deserves. Talent upon talent provides the richness inherent in the details. The story, written by the Rear Admiral/physician who headed this most remarkable of rescue missions, will astonish, delight, and initiate keep-your-fingers-crossed kind of suspense that only a real-life situation can invoke. No reader will ever read anything like it, because there has never been anything like it, and hopefully, never will be again, but knowing the history of our active planet, the danger always exists. What a group of incredible doctors, dentists, nurses and more did to save a part of the world (with our hospital ships so aptly known as Mercy and Comfort) that began as hostile residents was an ambassadorial success beyond anything anyone can imagine. It is a story that cannot be forgotten.