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1st Case Of ‘Intestines Coming Out Of Belly Button’, Hernia In Nigeria Treated By UAE Doctors

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March 21, 2014 – 1st Case Of Intestine Coming Out Of Belly Button, Hernia In Nigeria Treated By UAE Doctors At Rak Hospital

According to, a Nigerian woman suffering from a life-threatening condition has been treated at a hospital in Ras Al Khaimah after being refused surgery in her home country.

Victoria Odita was rushed to RAK Hospital in critical condition as a result of an incisional hernia in her abdomen, which caused her intestines to hang out of her body.

It’s thought the hernia developed following Odita’s four caesarian sections, which left her abdominal wall very weak and eventually allowed her intestines to push through. Doctors at RAK Hospital performed complicated surgery that saved her life.

The 37-year-old had suffered from abdominal swelling for years before realising she had a large hernia in her abdomen. When the swelling increased following
her fourth pregnancy six months ago, she sought medical help, but was denied treatment in Nigeria because of the extreme severity of her condition.

“She was rejected treatment in her own country and had been suffering with immense pain for the past six months,” said Dr Parvez Ahmad, a specialist surgeon at RAK Hospital who operated on Odita. “She was a high-risk case and a challenge for any surgical team. An immediate operation was performed to repair the incisional hernia and alleviate the symptoms.”

Parvez explained the condition is quite common after multiple abdominal surgeries. However, he said Odita’s situation was made worse because her heart pumping capacity was only 25 per cent, which in normal person should be more than 60 per cent.

“A person who gains significant weight after abdominal surgery, becomes pregnant or lifts heavy objects is most at risk for an incisional hernia,” said Dr Anup Panigrahi, head of the minimal invasive surgery department at RAK Hospital. “The incision is weakest, and most prone to a hernia, while it is still healing.

“It is not only a female problem; both the sexes should be aware that anybody who has had one or many abdominal surgeries is at risk of developing an incisional hernia.”



  1. Are u kidding me

    March 21, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Are you saying there is no competent surgeon that can treat Hernia in the whole of Nigeria? I refuse to believe this

  2. Tunde Adegbola

    March 21, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    @ commentator, I think the doctors are scared after perceiving her case as spiritual
    another thing is lack of proper equipment in our hospitals

  3. nicholas

    March 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    well thgank God she is alive

  4. red

    March 22, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Please spare me that bullshit of rejection in her own country Dr Parvez,Which and how many hospital did she go to? Why are you trying to make Nigeria doctors look wicked and stupid? This can be treated in any TEACHING HOSPITAL in Nigeria,Maybe she went to a clinic and was lucky to see someone publish her story for international treatment.What you did Dr Parvez is common incisional hernia repair caused by weakening of the abdominal wall from too much surgeries or from even exercising .Dr Parvez Nigeria doctors are not stupid,They have been saving lives before you became a doctor.I know a lady that had same surgery at UNTH Enugu Nigeria less than 3 years ago.Remind her to loose some weight for her own good and zip up your mouth about Nigerian doctors.If her condition was as bad as you trying to paint it how can she is still alive during those 6 months without dying from infection.Where are the doctors in this house(naijagist) ?

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