Said Osman through the yearsUpdated 1046 GMT (1846 HKT) February 2, 2015 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Photos: Said Osman through the yearsDr. Said Osman is a world-renowned spine surgeon from Kenya. He is currently based in the U.S. state of Maryland.Hide Caption 1 of 7 Photos: Said Osman through the yearsSaid Osman grew up in a rural community in northern Kenya. "It was a very nurturing environment because playing and going to school with kids from different communities was just a way of life."Hide Caption 2 of 7 Photos: Said Osman through the yearsOsman completed his fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in record time. "I had family depending on me back home and had to get things right from the beginning."Hide Caption 3 of 7 Photos: Said Osman through the yearsOsman decided to raise a family in the U.S., where he was required to get recertified as a doctor. He became a Spine Fellow at Case Western Reserve University.Hide Caption 4 of 7 Photos: Said Osman through the yearsOsman with his wife Meseret, whom he married in the late 1980s after losing contact for almost a decade. "My heart was always with her."Hide Caption 5 of 7 Photos: Said Osman through the yearsTheir youngest son currently studies medicine at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital. "He has the capacity to do anything he wants, but chose medicine."Hide Caption 6 of 7 Photos: Said Osman through the yearsOsman with his partner Sandeep Sherlekar at American Spine in Frederick, Maryland.Hide Caption 7 of 7 Said Osman through the yearsMore from AfricaFired Zimbabwe nurses offer free health care to public in protest'We are not lazy,' Nigerian youth lash out at President Buhari on social mediaAbsolute monarch renames Swaziland 'eSwatini'The woman risking her life to save a village from lead poisoningNigeria senate invasion: Mace found dumped under flyoverHollywood, 'Fear-bola', fashion: 13 African Voices shaking things upFrom Hollywood ingenues to social changemakers, a look back at the voices innovating, raising and changing Africa over the last 12 months.