The U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort completed a successful mission in Panama on August 15 before moving on to Santa Marta, Colombia. Comfort medical teams gave free medical care to 6,691 patients in Panama — 1,328 of them children — and performed 148 surgeries. Among the patients was a young displaced Venezuelan who received physical therapy and a new cane for help with a leg wound.
The Comfort is on a five-month mission through Central American, South American and Caribbean countries to support health care systems accommodating the displaced Venezuelans in the region. To date, Comfort teams have treated more than 24,600 patients and carried out 512 surgeries.