An international charity founded by an Olathe native and current Cimarron resident will be featured on the television program “60-minutes” on CBS this Sunday. Mercy Ships, an international nonprofit organization based in Garden Valley, Texas, operates hospital ships and provides medical aid to the world’s forgotten poor. The profile by 60-minutes producers and reporter Scott Pelley airs at 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 4th. Founder Don Stephens says his and his wife’s dream of creating the international charity crystallized after he had a very special one on one meeting with Mother Theresa in Calcutta.
In May,”60 Minutes” went aboard the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest charity ship. The Mercy Ships floating hospital includes five state-of-the-art operating rooms, an intensive care unit, CT scanner and bed space for more than 78 patients. “60 Minutes” producers interviewed staff, crew and volunteers including Stephens and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gary Parker. The television crew also captured the stories of several patients being treated for a variety of debilitating medical conditions.