Baby born twice in US: Presidency hails Nigerian Doctor, Oluyinka
The Federal Government on Monday congratulated United State-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.
This is contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, to felicitate with Dr Olutoye on behalf of the President and people of Nigeria.
According to the statement, President Muhammadu Buhari received the news of Dr Olutoye's unique feat with excitement and fulfilment and looking forward to meeting with him soonest.
Commended Nigerians in the Diaspora for their positive roles in enhancing the image of the country, 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.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President said Nigerians in the Diaspora are a huge potential, playing greater role in all sectors, assuring 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.
Dabiri-Erewa reiterated the determination of President Muhammadu Buhari 'to enhance the welfare of all Nigerians at home and in the diaspora, and unadulterated determination to continue to tackle insecurity, corruption and the economy.'
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 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, 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.