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Nigerian-Born Surgeon, Obinna Igwilo, Performs Landmark Robotic Surgery In US

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At the Fayetteville Veteran Affairs Medical Centre (VAMC) in North Carolina, a new ground was broken in the field of medicine and surgery.

The hospital, working in collaboration with the Department of Defense (DOD), recently recorded its first robotic surgery using the Da Vinci surgical system technology.

Da Vinci surgical technology is a state-of-the-art technology designed to enable surgeons perform complex surgeries through minor incisions using minimally invasive technique with the surgeon at the console operating with system-assisted clear vision and precision. With Da Vinci technology, the surgeon’s hand motion maintains accurate movements in four robotic arms operating inside the body of the patient.

The surgeon at the console, steering this pioneer joint project is Nigerian-born prodigy and celebrated surgeon, Dr Obinna Chukwudi Igwilo, who worked with a team of clinicians and other employees of the Fayetteville Coastal Healthcare system.

At the core of the surgical breakthrough is the desire of the Fayetteville VAMC and DoD to overcome some of the endemic problems facing the healthcare systems in the US: high cost of care.

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Da Vinci technology was approved by the FDA in 2000 as the first surgery system technology for general laparoscopic surgery in US hospitals, according to RoboticOncology.com, and since then, the use of this cutting-edge technology by surgeons has been on the rise due to its stated effect on cost reduction. Because the technology is precise and minimally invasive, post-surgical bleeding is minimized while hospital stay is drastically shortened, leading to reduction in hospital cost.

Other benefits specific to VAMC and DoD, according to VAMC Chief of Staff, Dr Jeffrey Morgan, include a productive “partnership and collaboration resulting to beneficial resource sharing, commitment to good stewardship of taxpayer resources and best patient care possible.”

According to a release by the medical centre, Dr Igwilo said that the veterans who received the surgeries were happy and appreciative of the benefits.

Within Fayetteville VAMC, Dr Igwilo’s robotic surgery remains a historic event being the very first to be performed in the 80-year-old hospital.

Yet Fayetteville VA isn’t the robotic surgical root for Dr Igwilo who holds the fellowships of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS) Glasgow and Edinburgh, and American College of Surgeons (FACS).

A member of SAGES Society of American Gastro-intestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, with special surgical interests in Robotic/laparoscopic/minimally invasive surgery; Endocrine and Colorectal surgery, Igwilo has been performing robotic surgeries since 2014.

A consultant General Surgeon at VAMC and WAMC, he has been cited by his employers for his “active engagement with the training of medical students and surgical residents while also serving as clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery with Campbell University School of Osteopathic medicine.”

Born in Nigeria, Igwilo attended Ngwa High School, Aba in Abia State, where he was nicknamed ‘Archimedes” – after the Greek Mathematician and Physicist – because of the ease with which he handled Math, the very elusive subject loathed by many of his peers. He graduated from Ngwa High School in 1980 with a distinction. The same year, he was admitted to the University of Nigeria College of Medicine and Surgery, graduating in 1986 with MB.BCh.

Following his Internship at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, Nigeria, and Clinical externship at Whipps Cross University Hospital in London, UK, among numerous clinical exposures in Europe and America, the budding MD emerged onto the US medical ecosystem, making sure to take a front seat in the ever-changing and technologically driven world of medicine and surgery.

Among Nigerians in the Diaspora and the homeland, Dr Igwilo’s exploits in medical practice abroad have brought pride and inspiration to many both young and old. His high school class of 1980 and current students at his alma mater, Ngwa High School Aba, and staff, are said to be in festive moods following Igwilo’s recent accomplishment.

This ground-breaking surgery in NC by a Nigerian-born surgeon bears clear testimony to the leading roles being played by Nigerian doctors in the US and around the world in promoting health and advancing the cause of humanity.

(Sun)

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  1. Kelvin Agbogidi

    December 2, 2019 at 9:13 am

    A gain to the US and a loss to Nigeria due to the massive brain drain here. Nevertheless its a good fit from a Nigerian

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How Little Girl About To Be Trafficked, Escaped At The Airport

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A little girl who was about to be trafficked by a man, was able to alert airport officials discreetly, prompting them to delay the flight and arrest the culprit.

According to a social media report, the girl who was with the man, slipped a note in the hand of a flight attendant, notifying her she was being trafficked.

Reports have it that the trafficker had legit identifications for the two of them, but was eventually arrested after Police laid siege to the flight.

The lady who reported the incident mentioned that discreet investigation is on to unravel the syndicate behind the crime.

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My coworker just informed me that an airplane air RDU was purposely delayed because a little girl slipped the flight attendant a note saying “I’m being trafficked”. This man had legit identification to get them through the airport and all. That’s crazy. Police did get the girl.

For those asking, my coworkers fiancé works at the RDU airport. They had to act like the flight was benign delayed while police got there and surrounded the plane. I haven’t heard about it on the news yet, they’re probably trying to find more people connected.

He was really about to fly this girl somewhere. That’s really bothering me!

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VIRAL VIDEO: Church Members Drink Dirty Water Their Pastor Used To Bath

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ORIENTAL TIMES has sighted a very disturbing video of church members drinking water their pastor had used to bath.

In the video, the pastor in his boxer shorts is standing inside a barrel and having a good bath right in front of his congregation.

After he was done, he informed the congregation that God has finally cleaned the water and God wants them to drink it.

Because the dirty water was plenty to go around, the pastor informed them the remaining will be shared among the congregation and anyone who gets some to his/her house will be blessed.

The pastor himself did not drink the water but rather he lined up the congregation starting from the church elders to the last member

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They all came for their cup of the dirty water and gladly drank it. Some even told the pastor their cup was not full so he should top it up.

The MC of the show disclosed the church name as “Endtime Church of Nation” and it is located in Ghana, West Africa.

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Nigerian Soldier Narrates Ordeal In Hands Of SARS Operatives In Enugu

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A Nigerian soldier has taken to micro-blogging site, Twitter to narrate his ordeal in the hands of some SARS operatives in Enugu State.

While stating that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS is the most unprofessional unit of the Nigeria Police Force, the soldier who tweets from the handle @007Soja gave a detailed explanation on how they manhandled the other passengers in the bus he was traveling in.

They however ran away when they sighted some soldiers approaching them in their patrol vehicle

He wrote:

“SARS is the most unprofessional team of the Nigerian police.Here’s my experience as a Nigerian Soldier.Earlier this year the commercial bus I boarded in Enugu along 9th mile area was stopped by SARS operatives mounting an illegal check point. thread #EndSARS

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“They requested money from the driver and the guy said he’s just starting business, I was on civil dress because I’m on pass, the operatives ordered everyone to come down, they started searching people’s phone, I went up to the one that’s supposed to be their boss #EndSARS

“I went up their boss & identified myself as a soldier on pass from north East, he said “And So?”, I went further & said I’m in a hurry that he should please release Dis driver, he got upset and threatened to Shot me, he said he’ll frame me that I wanted to disarm him

“I was shocked how things escalated so fast, I was calm down, he said I shouldn’t tell him anything that he’s in his duty post and I don’t any right to tell him anything. I could see his rifle was already cocked and his Safety catch was on Rapid.

“His boys was already dishing out unsolicited slaps to the young man I was sitting Close to, he was on full beards, with the hand band he wore I think he’s a student of ESUT.I Was really hurt for many reasons

“I can’t spend 1 and half year in maiduguri in good health only to come home on pass and be shot by a reckless police man,I was hurt because I can’t imagine risking my life in the North East protecting my country only for my own family to be harassed in this manner

“The Operatives didn’t talk to me or request for my phone. I was there still trying to solicit for the passengers but the oga was playing God,I became really angry and called my colleague on patrol along that NSUKKA road,

“When their boss saw u was really upset and I’ve started making calls he ordered his boys to return the car key to the driver, in some minutes I could sight the army patrol hilux heading through my direction, immediately the SARS boss ordered his men to enter their Bus

“They sped off, plying the STAR BREWERY route and went straight to EKE, my colleagues got there and I explained what happened and they promised to get them. I have been on duty even in maiduguri with MOPOLS and they’ve never acted in such a reckless manner.”

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