The Federal Government has commended a US-based Nigerian surgeon, Dr Oluyinka Olutoye, who successfully removed tumor from a baby in her mother’s womb.

In a statement in Abuja, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, said that Nigerian Government as well as its people were proud of Olutoye.

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Dabiri-Erewa’s Media Assistant, Mr Abdurrahman Balogun, signed the statement on Tuesday.

Dabiri-Erewa noted that Olutoye and his partner, Dr Darrell Cass of the Texas Children’s Hospital, carried out the operation on a 23-week-old foetus in U.S.

“The baby, Lynlee Hope, suffered from a tumor known as Sacrococcygeal Teratoma. The surgeons removed the fetus from her mother’s womb, operated on it, and also returned it to the womb.

“The baby overcame the tumor and continued to grow until she was finally delivered at 36 weeks.’’

She stated that Buhari received the news of Dr Olutoye’s feat with excitement and fulfillment. She disclosed that the president was looking forward to meeting him.

The special assistant commended Nigerians in the Diaspora for their roles in projecting Nigeria’s good image.

According to her, Nigerians in the Diaspora are a huge potential, playing greater role in all sectors.

“Nigerians are a great people, making greater positive impacts in all fields of human endeavor in the Diaspora.

“Dr Olutoye’s feat is one of such testimonies”, she said.

Dabiri-Erewa said that Nigeria was working on a national Diaspora policy guideline geared toward regulating all engagements with all Nigerians in the Diaspora.

According to her, Nigerians in Diaspora are of much importance to the growth and development of the country.

She appealed to other Nigerians in the Diaspora to also do their best to give Nigeria a positive image.

Dabiri-Erewa said that Buhari was determined to enhance the welfare of all Nigerians at home and abroad. She aslo said that the government remain committed to tackling insecurity, corruption and also economic problems.

Dr. Olutoye’s pedigree

Olutoye is a co-Director of the Texas Children’s Fetal Center, and fetal surgery team member, as well as a general pediatric surgeon.

He has specialized clinical expertise in fetal and neonatal surgery, with specific interest in congenital diaphragmatic hernia and complex wounds.

Dr. Olutoye received his medical degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, in 1988. He then proceeded to obtain PhD in anatomy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, U.S., in 1996.

He is a member of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society. The celebrated surgeon is also 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.