Buhari Hails U.S Based Nigeria Surgeon For Breaking World Record

By Ikenga Chronicles November 1, 2016

The Presidency has on Monday, October 30 congratulated United States-based Nigerian Surgeon, Dr Oluyinka Olutoye on his recent feat in carrying out a successful operation on an unborn baby with tumour.

The president’s message was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa. According to the statement,President Buhari received the news of Dr Olutoye’s unique feat with excitement and fulfilment and looks forward to meeting with him soonest.

The special adviser said Nigerians in the Diaspora have huge potentials and are playing greater role in all sectors. She assured that her office was working on having a database for all the Nigeria achievers.

“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,” the statement added.

To complement that, Dabiri-Erewa said that Nigeria is working on a National Diaspora Policy guideline geared towards regulating all engagements with all Nigerians in the Diaspora.

According to her, Nigerians in the Diaspora are of high importance to the growth and development of the country. She appealed to other Nigerians in the Diaspora to emulate the positive image Dr Oluyinka Olutoye has given to Nigeria which earned him recognition.

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 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 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.

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.

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