Faces of Black Excellence July 24, 2019 at 05:00 pm

Five African medical geniuses who have impressed the world

Novieku Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

Novieku Babatunde Adeola July 24, 2019 at 05:00 pm

July 24, 2019 at 05:00 pm | Faces of Black Excellence

Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye has wowed members of the medical community around the world with his recent successful surgical operation on a 23-week-old fetus. Photo Credit: YouTube

Dr Oluyinka Olutoye

U.S.-based Nigerian surgeon, Dr Oluyinka Olutoye, is a pediatric surgeon and co-director of Texas Children’s Fetal Center. He impressed members of the medical community around the world after conducting a successful surgical operation on a 23-week-old fetus by taking her out of her mother’s womb, excising the tumor, before returning the baby inside the womb.

US Based Nigerian Surgeon Operates On 23 Weeks Old Foetus
Photo Credit: Baylor College of Medicine

Olutoye decided to operate on the unborn baby girl after routine check-ups diagnosed that she had sacrococcygeal teratoma, a rare, often life-threatening condition that forms a malignant tumour at the base of a baby’s tailbone. Before Olutoye’s intervention, a number of doctors from different hospitals had told the baby’s mother that it was in her best interest to terminate the pregnancy.

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