The act of operation or surgery is one expertise that I find amazing in the medical field. At some point in a person’s lufetime, a surgical operation would have been performed. Some people might have been lucky without undergoing any surgery. It could have been a ‘simple’ surgery as tooth removal, injury stitches or Caesarian section. What do you do when you are in a difficult situation and have little or no experience to solve this problem?
You would have to rely on help from experts who can handle such situation, this is the case of this expecting mum. Her liitle baby, Lymlee Hope who suffered from a tumour known as Sacrococcygeal Teratoma was removed from her womb, operated on at 23 weeks and returned back. She healed and continued to grow until she was born again at 36 weeks.
This amazing procedure was conducted by a Nigerian Surgeon Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye and his surgeon partner Dr. Darrell Cass of Texas Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Olutoye is Co-Director of the Texas Children’s Fetal Center and fetal surgery team member, as well as a general pediatric surgeon. 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 pediatric surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Olutoye 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.
Dr. Olutoye has specialized clinical expertise in fetal and neonatal surgery, with specific interest in congenital diaphragmatic hernia and complex wounds. Dr. Olutoye’s research interests include understanding the role of the fetal inflammatory response in scarless fetal wound healing, development of animal models of congenital anomalies, in utero correction of severe congenital malformations, and the study of endothelial-leukocyte and endothelial-tumor cell interactions with a goal to better understand the mechanisms of tumor metastasis. Dr. Olutoye is certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgery and Pediatric Surgery.
He is a truly remarkable surgeon that has brought joy to this new mum.