University of Ghana Medical Centre Performs First Open-Heart Surgeries

University of Ghana Medical Centre Performs First Open-Heart Surgeries

  • The University of Ghana Medical Centre, UGMC, has carried out its first open-heart surgeries at its Cardiothoracic Centre in Accra
  • The medical procedure was performed on four patients, including three males and a female, aged between 42 and 63 years
  • The establishment's first four surgeries were performed by local and foreign-based medical personnel

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The University of Ghana Medical Centre, UGMC, has carried out its first set of open-heart surgeries at its Cardiothoracic Centre, the second biggest facility in Ghana.

The four surgeries were performed by a team of local and foreign-based medical personnel that included a surgeon, an anaesthetist, and two cardiologists.

Patients involved in surgery

According to Graphic Online, the patients involved three males and a female, aged between 42 and 63 years.

Four surgeries at UGMC
First open-heart surgeries at UGMC. Source: Graphic Online/marcusadampah
Source: UGC

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The health personnel performed an open-heart surgery for single and double valve replacement and a bypass on them.

YEN.com.gh gathers that eight more surgeries are expected to be performed at the Cardiothoracic Centre, one on a 10-year-old boy, starting today.

First-ever Surgery To Separate Conjoined Twins In Ghana Starts

YEN.com.gh previously reported that a surgical procedure to separate a set of twins who are joined at the head commenced at the Greater Accra Regional (Ridge) Hospital.

The surgery which happens to be the first-ever separation of conjoined twins on the soils of Ghana started on Monday, December 6, 2021.

According to GHOne TV's Evelyn Araba Aidoo who was at the hospital, the procedure started exactly 2:10 pm.

Meet the Ghanaian who was First to Perform an Open-Heart Surgery

Meanwhile, a Ghanaian man known as Charles Odamtten Easmon made his way into the history books of Ghana after becoming the first professional surgeon and the first person to have performed a successful open-heart surgery in Ghana.

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Growing up

As the first child of his parents, John Farrell Easmon and Kate Salome Odamtten, Charles was birthed on September 22, 1913, in Adawso. He had five siblings.

Source: YEN.com.gh

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