Australia-based Ghanaian surgeon operates on man by roadside

Australia-based Ghanaian surgeon operates on man by roadside

Kwasi Yeboah, a Ghanaian surgeon based in Perth, Australia, is the talk of the town after he operated on an accident victim without anaesthesia.

Australia-based Ghanaian surgeon operates on man by roadside

Dr Kwasi Yeboah

Dr Yeboah who is a registrar at the Royal Perth Hospital was heading to a farm in search of mangoes but missed his way and found himself at the accident scene.

He saw that one victim was critically injured, with multiple broken bones and a punctured lung, according to a report by 3news.com.

He is said to have determined that the victim needed immediate surgery to survive and had taken it upon himself to carry it out.

 “At that time the assessment was that he had a tension pneumothorax which is a life threatening condition and could be fatal.

“He was deteriorating before our eyes, his blood pressure was going down, his heart rate was rising, his oxygen level was dropping, and I thought he was going to die.

“Anything you do for a patient is a calculated risk and at that time it was a calculated risk that had to be made within seconds.

“He was going to have a cardiac arrest so I said to him, mate I am going to do something which is going to hurt, but it will save your life, then he put his hand on my knee and said go for it," he was quoted as saying.

Dr Yeboah said when the victim was ready to be transferred by helicopter to a hospital, his condition deteriorated.

Australia-based Ghanaian surgeon operates on man by roadside

The doctor said the victim then called out to him to do something to save him, so he ran back and took him out of the ambulance and then opened up his chest again through the old wound to let out the air trapped in his chest.

The victim is still in a wheelchair after four months and is expected to walk again, according to the 3news.com report.

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