LUTH Performs First Open-Heart Surgery

Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof Akin Osibogun

The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) yesterday said it has successfully performed its first open heart surgery.

Its Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof Akin Osibogun, said the feat is novel in the history of the hospital, adding: “Three open heart surgeries were performed on an 18 months old baby girl, a seven year-old boy and a 23 year-old undergraduate.”

Speaking to reporters in the hospital yesterday, the CMD said, the patients are in stable condition and will be leaving for their homes today.

Elated, Osibogun said LUTH has joined the likes of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Nsukka and University College Hospital (UCH) to reduce overseas trips of Nigerians travelling on medical tourism.

The doctors, he said, were joined by experts from Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve, Switzerland, Greece and Istanbul, Turkey. There was a visiting team of specialists from the Mansoura Hospital, Egypt, he added.

He said it would take a little while before LUTH doctors are left to perform the surgery alone, adding that part of technology transfer is for doctors to be supervised by those teaching them.

Osibogun said some doctors were sent to Mansura Hospital, Egypt and India for training, adding that they have now improved on their expertise to deliver qualitative care.

He said cardiac and renal surgeries are the major reasons why people seek medical tourism. This is followed by knee/ joint replacement surgery.

The CMD said a kidney transplant was also carried out on a 15 year-old who came down with nephritic syndrome, adding that the patient has been on dialysis for over six years before the transplantation.

He said the reason why some organs fail after transplantation is because it may not properly match or that patients refuse to take their drugs as advised by their doctors.