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'Floating hospital' faces Africa migrant flood

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>> More than 146,000 migrants have been rescued at sea this year, over 3,000 missing or dead. The news may no longer be hitting headlines daily but for those trying to save them, their work is relentless.>> I am responsible for post rescue healthcare of all the migrants that come aboard.
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>> Dr. Kimberly de Souza on board the search and rescue vessel, the Responder, is in charge of a team of just two, helping boats of migrants off the coast of Libya.>> When each migrant comes on board, I'm actually up front and center, I'm doing a quick assessment, a little bit of a triage system in my head, looking for the sickest patients to treat first.
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So I get a good sense of if people are walking in, if they're in a lot of pain, I can treat those patients first.>> Any serious cases brought here, straight to the floating ambulance, but some don't even make it that far. This is where the bodies are brought.
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If the morgue's needed, a button's pressed and it almost immediately chills to the right temperature. There's room in here for about 10 corpses. This shaft is reserved for children but I'm told if any more space is needed, they simply stack the bodies on top of each other. For those safely on deck, the team hands out blankets, food and water.
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Paramedic Izzy Papa constantly monitors the ever changing situation.>> No one should deserve to be drowned at sea. Doesn't matter, doesn't matter his race, doesn't matter his religion, we're all human beings. Everybody should deserve to get help. Everybody should deserve to be saved. I mean some of them even didn't want to make this journey, they were made to and it's just not fair.
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>> Arrivals in Italy from Africa are nearly 6% higher this year than in 2015. For as long as they keep coming, this team is ready to help.