In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the FG congratulated U.S-based Nigerian Surgeon, Dr Oluyinka Olutoye on his recent feat in carrying out a successful operation on an unborn baby with tumour in her mother’s womb.
According to the statement, Pres. Buhari received the news of Dr Olutoye’s unique feat with excitement and fulfilment and looking forward to meeting with him soonest. Dabiri-Erewa stated that it is important to celebrate Dr Olutoye for the wonderful feat he performed in saving lives and projecting the good image of Nigeria.
Recall that Dr Olutoye of Texas Children’s Hospital, USA carried out an operation on a baby at 23 weeks, who suffered from a tumour known as Sacrococcygeal Teratoma. Baby Lynlee Hope was removed from her mother’s womb, operated on and returned back.
She healed and continued to grow until she was born again at 36 weeks. 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 USA. .
Dr Olutoye received his medical degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, 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.