The Reddington Multi-specialist Hospital has announced that it successfully performed a complex heart surgery involving a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft and Mitral Valve repair on a 66-year-old man, Mr Oluwatoyin Adebiyi.
The Complex Surgery was performed by the new Tristate Reddington Cardiac programme led by Consultant Interventional Cardiologist Prof Kamar Adeleke and Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr Michael Sanusi.
This, according to the Group Medical Director of the Lagos-based medical outfit, Dr Olutunde Lalude, involved temporarily stopping the heart to carry out the procedures by first putting the patient on a Heart-Lung Machine, after which the heart was opened and the malfunctioning Mitral valve was repaired.
The three blocked vessels supplying blood to the heart of the patient, in addition, were bypassed and the blood flow was restored, and the heart was then successfully restarted.
Dr Lalude, at a media briefing in Lagos to announce the successful completion of the surgery, said that the patient’s recovery was almost instant as he started talking, eating and drinking less than 24 hours after the surgery.
The complex surgery performed by a 19-man team of Nigerian specialists demonstrates our ability to expand the range of what is possible in Nigeria particularly at this time when access to overseas medical travel has been restricted.
According to Dr Lalude, the patient would have probably chosen to do the surgery outside the country but for the COVID-19 pandemic which has restricted air travel, he could not.
On his part, the head of the surgical team, Prof Kamar Adeleke, said the COVID-19 pandemic had shown that every country needs to look inward for solutions, stating that with borders closed, the Tristate Reddington Cardiac Programme is ready to offer treatments to complex heart issues as it has a duty to help Nigerians with such conditions.
This underscores potential Nigeria has. Reddington practically has everything needed for the success we are celebrating today. It contributed 99 per cent of what you are seeing, but the remaining one per cent was also very vital, which we sourced from outside.