Cmdr. Karen McDonald comforts a young boy suffering from a perforated appendix.
U.S. Navy Nurse Cmdr. Karen McDonald (center) and a nurse from the organization Project HOPE (right) comfort a young boy suffering from a perforated appendix aboard a U.S. helicopter in Sumatra, Indonesia, on Feb. 6, 2005. The boy and his father (left) are being transported to the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) for medical attention. Mercy is currently off the coast of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, to provide medical assistance and disaster relief to the people of Indonesia affected by the devastating tsunami that hit Southeast Asia on Dec. 26, 2004. McDonald is the Mercy's assistant director of Nursing.