Nigeria: Hospital Closes Hole in Heart Without Surgery

by Steve Dada ,  allafrica.com | 2010-11-24

Barely a year after the cardiovascular specialist healthcare institution, Reddington Hospital, successfully performed the first cardiac catheterisation in the country, the hospital has recorded another medical feat by performing Nigeria's first devised closure of a hole-in-the-heart without surgery.

The latest landmark achievement known as Patient Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) by non-surgical intervention performed on three-year-old child, Victoria Onuoha, in a procedure hitherto traditionally done with open heart surgery was done with a small device that is inserted through a vein in the groin.

The Acting Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Olu Lawani, yesterday explained that the achievement was made possible following an intense collaboration between doctors at the Reddington Hospital and LASUCOM/LASUTH in a spirit of Public Private Partnership (PPP).



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