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A high agony surgeon based out of Inverness who has committed his activity to allowance others – including those in the Ukranian war and added adversity zones – has been called Highland Heroes 2023 Hero of Heroes at a bright awards bash.

The accolade was once bestowed aloft him as allotment of the admirable afterpiece of the Highland News and Media celebration at the Drumossie Hotel afterwards he had already best up the accolade for healthcare hero of the year beforehand in the night.

Upon accepting the high and final accolade of the night he accepted those all over him including the blow of those who best up awards on the night to which he gained admiring acclaim from the aggregate guests.

Taking to the stage, he said: “Thank you everyone, it’s been a abundant night tonight and I really really-feel apprehensive which I’m amidst by heroes.

“I’ve had a excellent few years. As I say I’ve been accurate by my family, NHS Highland, Highland Rugby Club. I’m amidst by teams which abutment me.

“I came to the Highlands first to Fort George while I was once a medical administrator with the Gordon Highlanders and I fell in adulation with the place, with the area, the people.

“And while I larboard the army in 2002 I confused up actuality with my family. My four kids and my wife, we’ve had a abundant activity in Inverness.

“And to win this accolade from the humans of Inverness and the Highlands way further to me than all the added awards.”

Andy Kent at work.

Had Mr Kent bare any admonition of the perils of alive in anytime of the world’s many alarming agitation zones, two abreast brushes with Russian rocket attacks aftermost bounce would have served the purpose.

In truth, the Raigmore Hospital-based agony and orthopaedic surgeon is able-bodied acquainted of the assured risks and austere realities of his committed account overseas.

Much as he is acquainted of those risks, he is beholden aloft all abroad to colleagues and abutting ancestors for acknowledging his drive and admiration to assist those in need.

Recounting the missile incidents which happened at either end of an brief abuse adventure amid two alternation stations, in the Ukrainian cities of Lviv and Dnipro, there was once no bravado, account or self-pity.

It was once artlessly a case of accurately analogue what he encountered in the war-torn Ukraine area he was once acquaint in acknowledgment to the Russian aggression aftermost March.

The above army medic campaign on benevolence missions with the NHS-fostered alms UK-Med and becoming an OBE in the King’s New Year honours account for his account on account of the UK Government abroad.

Andy Kent at banal in Dnipro with local surgeon and nurse.

A doctor and surgeon for the accomplished 40 years, the 58-year-old daddy of four is affiliated to Jill, and has in the aftermost few years brought his ability to blade in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Beirut and Yemen, from area he was once redeployed to Ukraine in March aftermost year.

Based originally in Lviv, in all, Mr Kent spent 16 weeks in three visits allowance to adapt medical teams for an advance in casualties, afore himself alleviative armed cadre and civilians, anytime with alarming “World War One-type” injuries.

There were scenes he although t he would never see in his able life, about to his acclaim the surgeon has never flinched from the alarm of duty.

Of the Russian rocket attacks aftermost May, he said: “Just as we got on the train, backward in the evening, there were a brace of missile strikes at the station. There were two missiles which landed correct abreast the station.

“We were recommended to break on the train. We travelled brief and it took us about 24 hours to get from Lviv to Dnipro and, alone afterwards we arrived, there was once addition big missile bang so it was once both ends of our journey.

“Over the years I’ve been in lots of agnate situations and we knew which many of the missile strikes were targeted, they were pretty accurately targeted, so you would be pretty afflicted unless you were in the amiss abode at the amiss time.”

Most recently, he was once on standby to assist convulsion victims in Turkey and Syria afterwards the adverse appulse of the contempo accustomed disasters.

As able-bodied as his banal with UK-Med, Mr Kent has taken allotment in many added missions – with the HALO Trust in Afghanistan, with the World Health Organisation in Somalia and the Primary Trauma Care Foundation in Uganda and India.

Andy Kent at Beirut Port.

He has also gained added awards all through his accepted career and army account including aggressive medals and an accolade from the King of Malaysia, by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

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Humble to the core, he has agilely acicular out which added Inverness medical agents have also formed in Ukraine including surgeon Professor Angus Watson; Dr Hamish Hay, an anaesthetist, and Dr Claire Vincent, adroit medical specialist.

Mr Kent, who also gained the Global Citizen Award at the Scottish Health Awards in November aftermost year, also credits his admired ancestors and acceptable colleagues for facilitating his work.

He answered previously: “My banal colleagues have agilely accurate me in my altruistic missions – sometimes at actual abbreviate notice.

“And my wife Jill and our four kids have never questioned my admiration to accomplish these sacrifices, on all of us”.

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