Ocean Clinic Surgeons Operate on Africa’s Poorest

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Ocean Clinic Marbella is one of the most modern clinics on the Costa del Sol, offering a complete range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments and dentistry. But, the medical team here have a commitment to ‘paying it forward’ or ‘giving back’ and every year, with the help of donations from Spanish residents and Spanish charities in developing countries, they visit areas of the world where the plastic surgeons’ skills are desperately needed to transform the lives of people who would otherwise live with permanent disfigurements.

This year a team of surgeon’s from Marbella’s Ocean Clinic returned to Kenya, where they performed life-changing operations on people from all age groups.

The charitable mission was comprised of six surgeons, led by the clinic’s head surgeon Dr. Kai Kaye and is a part of the clinic’s ongoing goal to “give back” to communities that lack the facilities to perform transformational surgery. Dr. Kaye was also joined by fellow surgeon Dr. Richard Fakin from Switzerland. Anaesthetist Dr. Raimundo Escudero, nurses Louise Taylor and Marina Ristic and therapist Nicole Tascone, all from Ocean Clinic, were also on the team.

Dr. Kaye said: “It is necessary to give back and I have the skills and means to do so. At some point in life you have to put things in perspective and ask yourself if you can plant your own little grassroots to help, even on a small scale.

He added, “I can change lives in Kenya and have much more impact than I can here in Spain, where nobody lacks basic medical services or care. I call it part of our social responsibility.”

The five-day Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Camp, follows a similar mission organised in Lamu, Kenya last year, and a trip to Peru in 2013.

This year, the team was able to assess 70 patients with medical conditions ranging from congenital malformations, tumours, burns and scars. They successfully treated a total of 45 patients, with 25 surgeries carried out.

Says Dr. Kaye: “One of the highlights of this year’s camp was giving back extended leg mobility to a young girl called Maryam, who had a contracted knee after a burn. Now she will get physiotherapy and may have a chance of learning to walk again.”

The camp was made possible thanks to support from a number of partners and supporters. These included two local Spanish organisations working in Lamu; Anidan, which runs a shelter for orphans and abandoned children, and Foundation Pablo Horstman, which operates a hospital and two preschools.

Dr. Kaye has thanked all those in Marbella who donated to the mission this year, including Ms Gisela Steinhoff and her husband who made a very generous donation of €1,000.

Ocean Clinic intends to run another camp next Easter. You can support the 2018 campaign through financial donations, providing medical equipment and / or personal involvement. When you see the joy on the faces of those that the surgeons have helped, you know this is a campaign worth supporting. If you’d like to get involved, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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