Three Nigerian doctors, all alumni of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, have achieved a world-acclaimed feat in surgery by performing a successful twenty-six hour surgery on ten-month old conjoined twins in the United States of America, USA.
OAU made this known in its news bulletin in Ile-Ife, obtained by the Street Journal on Monday.
The bulletin gave the names of the surgeons as: Prof. Oluyinka Olutoye, a Paediatric surgeon with the Texas Children Hospital, his wife, Dr Toyin Olutoye, an anaesthesiologist and Dr Oluyemisi Adeyemi-Fowode, a paediatric gynaecologist.
The three physicians, it said, were among the team of twelve surgeons that successfully separated the conjoined twins in a medical feat that has assumed global reckoning.
According to the bulletin, Olutoye explained that “the twins shared a common diaphragm, pelvis, lungs, intestines and lining of the heart and were conjoined at the chest almost head-to-head.”
Olutoye, who is also the director of the Texas Children’s Fetal Centre and co-director, Baylor College of Medicine, said “the twins were also linked at the abdomen, and shared a common liver, but had separate hearts.”
“It is a blessing to be part of a team that can help improve the lives of these two children.
“Now, they have the potential to live a happy and normal life,” he added.
It further said that OAU Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Bamitale Omole, congratulated the the university’s three products for their heroic performance, describing them as “worthy OAU ambassadors in the diaspora and who the University was indeed proud of.”
The VC said that the three alumni’s achievements in the medical field had moved the university, which is about the best in Nigeria and one of Africa’s best, to global greatness.