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Breaking New Grounds

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“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”

– Peter F Drucker


Reading through the pages of history on the numerous world inventions, one would wonder if there will ever be anything done that will be said that, “This is new under the sun!” or “This has never been done before!” The books of history make us wonder if there will ever be anything new yet to be invented, but the beautiful thing about the world we live in is that it challenges us with its unprecedented problems and in finding solutions to such problems, we come up with pace-setting achievements.

The field of medicine keeps undergoing positive revolutionary changes that serve as a beacon of hope that, no matter the medical odds, there will always be innovative minds working tirelessly to make the world a safer place. For instance, no one ever thought Siamese twins conjoined at the head could live separate and normal lives until Benjamin Carson became the first black neurosurgeon. He made history in 1987 with an operation to separate a pair of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head. However, he remains the only successful one to perform such operation serving as an inspiration to us that the colour of one’s skin is no limitation.

Also making Nigeria a reference point for a rare medical feat that drew global applause is Doctor Oluyinka Olutoye, who was described by NBC News Dateline Programme as “a miracle worker operating where few have ever gone before”. He was part of the remarkable achievement for the ‘baby born twice’.  In 2016, Dr Olutoye and his medical team became a global phenomenon for the surgery on a 23-week old foetus who had a life threatening tumour. They removed the tumour growing on the foetus tail bone and returned the foetus back in the womb of the mother to complete full gestation period of nine months. This surgery did not only save the child named Lynlee Hope by her mother, but also brought about an exceptional contribution to the art and science of surgery that gives many children a chance at a healthy and normal life.

Doctor Oluyinka – a pediatric surgeon based in Houston, Texas and alumni of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he earned his medical degree in 1988 – has not only distinguished himself in the medical field but also received accolades from the Nigerian government.  Himself and his medical team were received as guests in the Presidential Villa, Abuja by the Acting President,  Prof.  Yemi Osinbajo, on the 7th of August, 2017. Prof.  Osinbajo at his meeting with Dr. Olutoye extols Nigerians who excel in their fields globally.

His feat inspires us that Nigeria, no doubt, produces the best and her citizens continue to shine across diverse human endeavours around the world.

In whatever we do, we can always come up with innovative ways to not just be good but to be better and great till our achievements become a point of reference for others to learn and grow. What new grounds are you hoping to break? Share your thoughts in the comments.


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Khemmie Ray
A passionate writer whose world revolves around arts and aesthetics.

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