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The Nigerian Surgeon Who Made Medical History | Africa X5 BlogSite - blog.africax5.tv

The Nigerian Surgeon Who Made Medical History

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 | by:



Dr Oluyinka Olutoye, a United States-based Nigerian Surgeon, a few months ago led a team of surgeons at the Texas Children’s Fetal Center to operate on a 23 weeks foetus. In the historic feat, the team took out the foetus, carried out the surgery, and then placed the foetus back into the womb. The mother of the child then carried the foetus till 36 weeks and gave birth to a bouncing baby boy.

Although this is not the first time a surgery has been done on a foetus taken out of the womb, it was the first time surgery has been done on a foetus with this particular tumor. Baby Garret Jorgensen had a rare tumor mass on two-thirds of his chest that compressed his heart and both lungs. The surgery which took over two hours to perform created a huge media buzz especially in Nigeria, even reaching the President’s attention.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President had this to say concerning the news: “Nigerians are great people, making greater positive impacts in all fields of human endeavour in the Diaspora. Dr Olutoye’s feat is one of such testimonies,”

Dr Olutoye is Co-Director of the Texas Children’s Fetal Center and fetal surgery team member, as well as a general paediatric surgeon in the USA.

Dr Olutoye received his medical degree from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, in 1988 and his PhD in anatomy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, in 1996.

He completed his residency in general surgery at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Virginia Commonwealth University, and his fellowship in paediatric surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa.

In addition, he is a member of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society and is a Fellow of the Surgical Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Surgeons; he is also a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons.


by Benjamin J. Obeng