BREAKING: UBTH successfully performs first Open Heart Surgery.

The University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has successfully performed two open heart surgeries….

The NIGERIA HEART BLOG learnt that the open heart surgeries was performed on a 5 year old boy with Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) and Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) and the second patient was a 10 year old girl with Down Syndrome who was born with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) and Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA).

UBTH performs first Open Heart Surgery
UBTH performs first Open Heart Surgery. The team in theatre during one of the operations

This surgeries that lasted several hours was carried out by a long list of indigenous Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Anesthetists, Paediatricians, Infection Control Team, Nurses, Pharmacists, Laboratory Scientists, Physiotherapists, and other members of the team.

The patients has long been discharged from the hospital and are doing quite well at home with their parents.

UBTH made the official announcement of the success story via the office of the public relations below …


*Mending Hearts: The Birth of UBTH Cardiac Surgery Programme*

The management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, on behalf of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Unit (CTSU), Department of Surgery, is pleased to announce the successful inception of the UBTH Cardiac Surgery Programme.

The commencement of this programme aligns with the current management’s strategic plan of advancing specialist services and the hospital’s broader vision of becoming the leading provider of quality healthcare solutions in West Africa.

Open-heart surgery is one of the most complex procedures that can be conducted in any healthcare setting and requires seamless interactions between high-performing interdisciplinary health teams and functional theatres, laboratories, clinics and wards.

There is, perhaps no greater testament of a top-functioning health system than the ability to successfully perform this complicated procedure. Coming barely one year after a landmark golden jubilee, the inception of this program proves without doubt that UBTH has come of age in the delivery of quality healthcare services.

Since the inception of our cardiac surgery programme, there have been two sessions. The latest was held from April 22nd through April 26th after rigorous planning and meticulous patient selection.

The high point was the performance of two open heart surgeries on children with congenital heart defects (ventricular septal defect and atrial septal defect, both with patent ductus arteriosus). Both surgeries were led by our own cardiothoracic surgeon in the CTSU, Dr Oseyi Dawodu.

The patients received round the clock monitoring and intensive care in the immediate post-operative period and comprehensive specialist care in the surgical ward thereafter. They were eventually discharged in excellent clinical state on May 2nd 2024, the holes in their hearts, mended.

This feat would not have been possible without the visionary leadership of Prof Darlington Obaseki, the chief medical director; the determination and competence of the cardiothoracic unit led by Prof Stanley Okugbo, who also serves as the CMAC of the hospital; the collegial support of an all-Nigerian visiting team led by Prof Sanusi of Babcock University, the philanthropy of Barr. Asue Ighodalo, Dr Francis Ukpokolo, Engr Derrick Irianan and the dedication of multiple teams within UBTH who strive daily to live up to UBTH’s core values of caring, respecting people, valuing lives, and aiming for excellence.

The CTSU is particularly grateful to this bevy of hard-working healthcare teams including, anaesthetists, anaesthetic technicians, cardiologists, perioperative nurses, intensivists and intensive care nurses, haematologists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, laboratory scientists, biomedical engineers/technicians and Infection prevention and control practitioners, without whom the Cardiac Surgery Programme could not have been actualised.

As the CTSU gears up to regularize the performance of routine open-heart surgeries, the management solicits the benevolence and generous spirit of individuals, public and private corporate bodies and non-governmental organizations for donations to sustain the program and ensure that UBTH remains steadfast in the noble mission of mending hearts.

*Head, Public Relations*


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