An award-winning spine surgeon in the Midwest, Ra’Kerry Rahman, MD, currently serves as a cervical spine and scoliosis surgeon at Springfield Clinic, LLP. Outside of the expert care he provides at the office, Dr. RaKerry Rahman also uses his expertise to help various charitable organizations. He has previously volunteered with FOCOS during a complex spinal surgery medical-mission trip to Ghana, and he hopes to travel to other locations in the future.
The Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) was founded by Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei in 1998 in the hopes of improving the quality of life for people living in Ghana and other countries in Africa. Supported by the contributions of various volunteers and other individuals, along with a fund based in New York City, FOCOS has completed more than 1,100 corrective orthopedic procedures and built a dedicated FOCOS Hospital in Ghana.
There are several ways to support FOCOS and its ongoing mission. One is donating medical equipment or money. Monetary donations can be made online, over the phone, or through mail, while equipment donations are arranged on an individual basis. Individuals can also sponsor a child for surgery. On average, the surgery costs $20,000, and sponsors are able to personally connect with the patients and be involved in their healing process.
For additional hands-on experiences, professionals can volunteer for the various medical trips to Ghana and West Africa that FOCOS hosts every year. Most mission trips are two weeks long, and volunteers can be from a variety of health backgrounds. Finally, attending and supporting the organization’s annual Young Friends of FOCOS (YFF) events and FOCOS Gala helps the organization raise additional funds and spread awareness.