Closed The Professor Pratt Reconstructive Project Kenya

An aid project by T. Stasch in Nairobi, Kenya

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T. Stasch (Project Manager)

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Established in 2000 by Dr Stanley Khainga, chairman of the Kenyan plastic and reconstructive Surgery Society, and Professor Pratt from the University of California (US), this project provides plastic and reconstructive surgery to 30-40 patients during one week of operating, once a year every July.

The patients are admitted to the Kenyatta National Hospital with different surgical conditions requiring extensive and sometimes complicated reconstructive surgery. These conditions include facial malformations, contractures after burn injuries, chronically infected and open wounds, as well as disfigurements from tumors or trauma.

In order to allow these patients to live a life as normal as possible, disfigurements are corrected through plastic and reconstructive surgical procedures, to restore form and to improve function.

The surgical team consists of invited visiting plastic surgeons from Germany (Plastic Surgeon Dr Tilman Stasch, Cologne), and South Africa (Dr Kenny Segwapa and Dr Solly Selahle, Medunsa University). They will be operating with their local counterparts, (Dr Khainga, Dr Kahoro, Dr Nangole, Dr Adan) at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, in a mutual exchange of skills and knowledge. The team will do the work for free, taking leave from their usual commitments.

Although founder Prof Pratt has since passed away, the project has grown from year to year, offering help to ever more patients who would otherwise not be operated on due to the high costs involved. The Professor Pratt Project is partly subsidized by the Kenyatta National Hospital and local businesses. However, patients still have to pay a minimum of 60.000 KS (about GBP 410.-) to receive treatment - unless they have a NHIF card (national insurance) which mist of these patients unfortunately don`t have.

In addition, new equipment is needed to perform the microsurgical operations, where functioning instruments are mandatory. Money is also needed to provide the essential aftercare of patients.

The last projects ran in July 2011, Sept 2012 and Sept 2013 were very successful. Using all the donated money, operations, materials, special investigations and hospital stay could be financed for the majority of patients who we operated on. There was much gratitude from all sides.

The next Professor Pratt Project in Nairobi is scheduled to take place in SEPT 2014. For more details please follow the blog entries and on Facebook:

Dr Tilman Stasch (Cologne, Germany) and Dr Don Othoro (London, UK) from Valentis Foundation are looking forward to questions and donations for this great project.

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Location: Nairobi, Kenya

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  • The main reason that Limo has several skin cancers at the young age of 27 is that he is a person living with albinism (PWA). His skin is not resistant to the UV radiation that he is exposed to in the Kenyan climate - and due to a lack of healthcare!

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  • Limo has had this lesion for over 3 years. Its a skin cancer - we will resect it and close the wound with a local tissue flap

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  • Examining a patient with extensive burn contractures

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  • Planning the surgery

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  • Some of the doctors who participated on the PPP 2013

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  • Comments by the donors who organized a party to raise funds

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  • The team at work

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  • Checking this kids congenital hand deformities in Clinic

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  • The 2012 Team (part of it) at Kenyatta National Hospital

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  • Eine der von uns beglichenen Rechnungen, die die Kosten für die Ops beinhalten. Example of bill showing costs of operation.

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  • Von uns beglichene Gesamtsumme der unterstützten Patienten, die sich die Operationen nicht leisten konnten. Summary of bills paid by us for the most needy patients.

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  • This is one of the boys who suffers from serious contractures after a severe burn injury. We will try to revise the scars and reconstruct arm, neck and face.

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  • Uploaded at 15-05-2011