FUNDED entirely by the donations of kind-hearted local citizens, a charity camp organised by the Ocean Clinic Marbella, together with Spanish NGO Foundation Pablo Horstman, has transformed the lives of dozens of poor Kenyans.
A specialist medical team led by Dr Kai Kaye, Head Surgeon at the Ocean Clinic, travelled to an impoverished area of the African country to meet and help people suffering from chronic disfigurements.
Complex tumours and wounds afflict many people in Lamu, in the north-east of the country, and, due to an unfortunate lack of medical facilities, they are often forced to watch their conditions worsen needlessly.
The nine-day charity campaign saw Dr Kaye and three nurses from the Ocean Clinic collaborate with Kenyan surgeons to successfully perform operations on 39 patients, who would never have received such expert care had it not been for the generosity of spirit shown by the Ocean Clinic, and everyone who contributed to the good cause.
Patients of the clinic, and local residents and companies in Marbella together raised an astonishing €4,000, which was used to transport 300 kilograms of essential materials and equipment.
The clinic’s surgical team paid for their own expenses, including flights and accommodation, and selflessly gave up their own time to help the needy.
“We are really delighted with the number of people we got to treat and by the difference these surgeries will make to their lives. For some people it will be the difference between be able to work or not and therefore provide for their families, for others it’s about social inclusion and being able to live a normal life,” said Dr Kaye.
“Seeing them smile and shine with confidence makes our work incredibly rewarding,” he continued. “The Lamu experience this year has strengthened our plans to convert it into an annual mission organised in collaboration with Foundation Pablo Horstman and supported by the generous people of Marbella.”