Dana Perino shares stories from humanitarian trip to Congo

Dana reports from world's largest charity hospital ship


This is a rush transcript from "The Five," August 29, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: Now a special update on "The Five." Joining us live from Pointe Noire, Congo, our good friend Dana Perino, aboard Africa's Mercy, the world's largest charity hospital ship.

Dana, how has it been?

OK. It looks like she'll get it.


BECKEL: All right.

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: You got to love Skype.

BECKEL: Dana, can you hear me?


BECKEL: Go ahead. Tell us about your trip. Tell us about your trip.

PERINO: I there tell you about my trip. I miss you all terribly. It was a long trip to get here to the Pointe Noire, Congo, but it's been an amazing few days on the mercy ship.

I think that -- one thing I want to say to make sure everything is clear. This is not a government organization. Everybody here is a volunteer, everyone, including all of the crew, engineers, nurses, doctors, receptionists -- even the hair dresser is on board if you want to get your hair done here.

And yesterday, at the screening day, they saw 7,000 people come through the line. They gave 4,200 people see a doctor. They will be here the next 10 months getting much-needed relief and hope and healing for so many people here.

It's the thing that everyone around the world can be very proud. But in America in particular, there's 48 percent of the volunteers here come from the United States.

BECKEL: OK. There are delay folks on the audience, she is on Skype. We're going to ask the first question from Greg, of course -- Greg.

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: Dana, I'm a little confused that backdrop behind you, I saw this morning in the green room, green room A in the Fox building. This whole thing, I know you wanted to go and do the trip. You didn't want to leave Jasper. This is staged in O'Reilly studio down the hall.

So, why don't we stop with this baloney and get back over here?

PERINO: As soon as I sat down and saw this, I said, I know that Greg is going to say something like I look like Julie McCoy from the "Love Boat" and I'm selling time tickers for Fantasy Island.

GUTFELD: I was going to say, I think the bartender --

BECKEL: OK. Moving right along. Andrea has a question here -- Andrea.

ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: Dana, what has been your most memorable moment so far? I have been following your tweets as so many of your Twitter followers and "Five" fans have. And they have been awesome. You have been sharing some great pictures.

What has been your favorite moment so far?

PERINO: Well, it's good to hear your voice, Andrea. I'm glad you are back. I look forward to seeing you when I return.

I don't know I have a favorite moment. But several things stick out to me. One is how patient the people here are. There are many people here in the Congo never had access to a doctor or if they did there was no hope for them because the ailments were so difficult.

I would say two things, the nurses that go through the screenings. There are some people that cannot help. The way they tell a mother that it is not their fault that their child has a problem but that they are good mamas. That meant a lot to those women to hear that from someone in authority who had a uniform on and speak to them, and also the collaboration of the doctors really amazing.

Unlike in some places where one might work, no one is mean here. Everybody is kind --

BECKEL: Dana, I need to interrupt you here because we are short of time.

Eric, you got a question?

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: Very quickly, Dana, I just want to let you know -- all of your fans, all your viewer fans, all your Twitter fans, they really miss you and they really respect what you are doing. It's a great thing you're doing.

Give us a quick sense of the personal fulfillment. You must be getting something out of this, too, right?

PERINO: I think so. I think it is good to get out of your own surroundings and remind yourself that you are not that big a deal. And that there is just a lot of good people here. No one here is talking about Miley Cyrus.


GUTFELD: What about Jasper?

BECKEL: Katie, Katie?

PERINO: They love Jasper.


GUTFELD: Boo, it's not even a real dog.

PAVLICH: We all love Jasper, too.

So, Dana, you are going to be here at the tail end of your trip. How can people who are interested in helping Mercy Ship help? And make sure that they get -- as you mentioned, no government here. It's all volunteer work and donations. How can people help so the Mercy Ship can keep going and help patients in Africa?

PERINO: Thank you, Katie. I should have brought that up anyway. But I'm glad you ask the question.

You go to Mercy Ship Web site. You can find out how you get slots in different ways, through your time if you wanted to volunteer here on the ship. There's also, of course, resources, donations that certainly help.

And the third one is prayer. This is a Christian-oriented organization. One thing they give to people is prayer. You can see that it makes a difference in people's lives.

BECKEL: All right, Dana. We miss you, kid. And be safe. We'll see you back here this week if and -- that includes Greg actually wants to see her back next week.

I want to see more pictures and video. You can follow her on Twitter and also check out our web page on

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