- Dr. Daniel Hale Williams is reported to be the first African medial doctor to perform the first open heart surgery
- The medical procedure took place on a man named James Cornish who survived the procedure, recovered in 51 days and lived a further 50 years
- The operation took place even though limited medical tools were available for use but Dr. Williams repaired the lining on Cornish's heart
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams is on record to have performed the first open heart surgery in the year 1893 in the United States of America (USA).
He was widely known as the “father of black surgery”, and his act was tagged as an important step in the fight for equality in those days.
Dr. Williams was born in 1858 and he started life as a barber’s apprentice, before he settled down in Wisconsin, where he graduated from high school and then an academy at 21 years.
He developed an interest in medicine in the year 1878 when he became a medical apprentice under the renowned surgeon, Dr Henry Palmer.
Dr. Williams is remembered for founding the Provident Hospital and Nursing Training School in 1891.
The motive was because an African woman was denied admission at a nursing school because of the colour of her skin.
Per a report by facetofaceafrica.com, a man named James Cornish entered Dr. Williams’ hospital with wounds on his chest and close to the heart.
Even though surgical equipment were not readily available, Dr. Williams operated on Cornish by repairing the lining of his heart and saving his life.
Williams therefore the first to perform such a surgery and Cornish recovered within 51 days and went on to live for 50 more years.
In other news, a plane owned by U Dream Global, an organization of young South Africans, has caused the death of two Cape to Cairo project creators, YEN.com.gh can report.
The accident occurred after two men, Des Werner and Werner Froneman, followed a group of teenagers who were also in a four-seater Sling 4 plane moving from Cape Town to Cairo.
The plane was reportedly assembled by 20 teenagers and was expected back in South Africa on Monday, August 5, 2019.
The deceased men, both pilots, were part of a team that supported the teenagers to fly homemade aircraft across Africa.
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