Nigerian Surgeon Breaks Record, Removes Largest Fibroid Tumour (PHOTOS)

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Ether Akinade carrying the removed tumour

LAGOS NOVEMBER 22ND (NEWSRANGERS)-A Lagos hospital has successfully removed the world’s largest fibroid tumour
from a patient.

An independent laboratory has confirmed that the tumour weighed 26 kilogrammes, double the size removed by Indian doctors around the same time last year.
The medical team at Safe Hand Hospital, Old Ojo Road, Lagos, led by the Director of Anaesthesia, Emergency and Family Medicine, Dr Innocent Okoawo successfully removed the tumour from a 37-year-old Nigerian woman, Abimbola Esther Akinade.


Esther Aknade before operation

The three-hour long surgery was performed in February 2014, two months
before doctors in the south Indian city of Chennai performed a similar surgery to remove a 13.6kg fibroid tumour from a 52-year-old woman simply called Latha.
Until now, the Indian doctors were known to have the record for removing the largest fibroid tumour.
Speaking to newsmen in an interview, the patient, Miss Akinade, said: “It was a real miracle.”
She realised she had a fibroid tumour seven years earlier, while she was a trainee
nurse. Nothing could be done sooner because of her inability to pay the cost of surgery and her dreading of surgery.


Esher Akinade after the operation

“I was under a lot of pressure,” she said.
“My menstrual periods were very irregular, sometimes delayed for 10 days. I suffered from fatigue a lot.”
Miss Akinade ruefully said: “Sometimes people who thought I was pregnant would say ‘I hope you will deliver safely’ and that made me furious.”
“It was not easy,” she said. Even a doctor in the hospital where she was a trainee nurse told her no hospital would be able to carry out a successful surgery. In an emailed comment, Dr Okoawo noted: “The double icing on the cake is the fact that she received no transfusion and her uterus was not removed even when we removed 32 additional smaller fibroids.”
The patient, Miss Akinade, opted for bloodless surgery on religious grounds, however, increasing reports show that bloodless surgery has led to quicker recovery of patients and as a result has become more popular. Fear of infection
and the desire to contain the cost of treatment are other reasons some opt for bloodless surgery.
He told newsmen in a telephone interview that Miss Akinade is now fully recovered and her current photographs demonstrate the major transformation she has gone through after the surgery.
Miss Akinade said on telephone: “Now I am sound.”
She currently lives in Ijoko area of Otta, Ogun State, near Lagos, where she is currently a trader and spends time in the ministry, preaching the good news of the Bible.

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