African Doctor Removed a Baby, Operated on Her, & Safely Returned Her to Her Mother’s Womb

In 2016, Dr. Oluyinka O. Olutoye from Nigerian made history after he successfully co-led a team of 21 doctors to perform a very unusual surgery on a 23-week old baby at a Texas hospital in US.

During operation, he removed the fetus from the mother’s womb, operated to extract a large tumor developing on the fetus’ tailbone, and then returned the fetus to the mother’s womb unharmed.

The baby was born normal and healthy when the mother gave birth 9 months later.

Dr. Olutsoye has been recognized as a renowned pediatrist and fetalist, with experience in fetal and neonatal surgery. The operation has earned him a solid reputation. He is also named Chief Surgeon of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, which leads one of the world’s largest departments of children surgery.

Richard J. Brilli, MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chief Medical Officer, said the appointment of Dr. Olutoye, despite his background and experience, was a win situation. Nationwide Children’s officially uses Dr. Olutoye to create a major fetal operation program.

Dr. Olutoye received his degree in medicine from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and his PhD in anatomy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He completed his residency in general surgery at Virginia Hospital Medical College, Virginia Commonwealth University, and his fellowship in pediatric and fetal surgery at Philadelphia Children’s Hospital.

He is also a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons and a Member of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society, a Fellow of the Surgical Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrists and the U.S. College of Surgeons.