Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael K. Obeng and his R.E.S.T.O.R.E (Restoring Emotional Stability Through Outstanding Reconstructive Efforts) team of volunteers will be providing free reconstructive surgery to more than 100 patients in Gabon. R.E.S.T.O.R.E will be making its way to Gabon for the second time with a team of twenty health care professionals to provide free reconstructive surgery.
This will be the 11th year in a row that the R.E.S.T.O.R.E team and Dr. Obeng have embarked on such a humanitarian endeavour. Other countries in the past have included Guatemala, Laos, Mexico, Nigeria and Ghana, Dr. Obeng's home country of birth.
This year's team is comprised of twenty volunteers from five different countries and three different continents. Dr. Mehmet Atila, a German celebrity Plastic Surgeon to the 'stars' of the European continent will be making his 5th appearance. Other notable volunteers include; Donald Obaseki from Nigeria, Dawn Sutherland, former Xerox Executive and Director of International Relations for R.E.S.T.O.R.E. Dr. Barry Freeman, Chief of Anaesthesia services at MiKO Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills and Dr. Paa-Ekow Hoyte-Williams, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana will once again be accompanying the team.
This year's medical mission to Gabon has been made possible by FOBO (Foundation Omar Bongo Ondimba) and Madame Pascaline Bongo Ondimba. FOBO was established in honour of the late Omar Bongo Ondimba.
R.E.S.T.O.R.E - Gabon 2019 objective is to restore over 100 patients from the 8th - 15th of June 2019, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of His Excellency Omar Bongo Ondimba, to keep his legacy of free healthcare to the Gabonese people alive.
About R.E.S.T.O.R.E Worldwide Inc.; The Foundation for Reconstructive Surgery
R.E.S.T.O.R.E (Restoring Emotional Stability Through Outstanding Reconstructive Efforts) is a 501(c)3 non-profit medical services organisation based in the United States that provides free reconstructive surgery and related medical services to children and adults with disfiguring and functional deformities as a result of birth defects, accidents, and diseases. R.E.S.T.O.R.E also trains and educates the local healthcare professionals on the latest techniques and safety measures in plastic and reconstructive surgery. To date, R.E.S.T.O.R.E has provided over 700 surgeries in three different continents to a tune in excess of $35 million USD over a span of a decade. R.E.S.T.O.R.E was founded in 2008 by Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael K. Obeng.
About Michael K. Obeng, MD, FACS
Dr. Obeng is the Founder & CEO of R.E.S.T.O.R.E. He is an award-winning Harvard trained board-certified plastic surgeon, practicing in the Beverly Hills Medical Triangle. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and currently serves on the staff of Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles.
A former Chief of Plastic Surgery, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Centre in Ohio, USA, Dr. Obeng is now the Director of MiKO Plastic Surgery and MiKO Surgery Centre in Beverly Hills. He is the President and CEO of Global Health Solution, a healthcare consulting firm that is bridging the gap between morbidity and healthy living. Dr. Obeng believes that "a healthy nation is a wealthy nation".
The formation of R.E.S.T.O.R.E was a result of inspirations from mentors and other similar organisations. Most significantly, he was inspired by his own humble beginnings in Ghana, where he witnessed the devasting effects of diseases, illnesses and the negative consequences of deformities, most of which were attributed to super-natural forces such as witchcraft.
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