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Meet the Nigerian Doctor Who Performed Radical Surgery on an Unborn Baby

Dr. Oluyinka O. Olutoye is a trailblazer who has done what most doctors can’t. In 2016, the Nigerian fetal and pediatric surgeon operated on a baby-in-utero at a Texas Children’s hospital. According to MyNaijaInfo, Olutoye and his partner, Dr. Darrell Cass, co-led a team of 21 doctors to remove a sacrococcygeal teratoma, a large tumor from the baby’s tailbone. CNN reports that the mother, Margaret Boemer, went in for a routine ultrasound at 16 weeks that revealed the rare birth defect. At 23 weeks, she and her baby, named LynLee, underwent a five-hour fetal surgery. To safely remove the tumor, the surgical duo removed the baby from the uterus for 20 minutes. Then, they placed LynLee back into the womb for the remainder of the gestation period, after which she was born healthily. Following his role in a groundbreaking surgery, Olutoye was appointed Surgeon-In-Chief at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the U.S. He now leads one of the largest children’s hospital surgery departments in...

Apr 15, 2020