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FACT CHECK: Did Obi sponsor the first black female to perform a heart surgery?

CLAIM: Obi sponsored the first black female to perform a heart surgery

VERDICT: False

CONTEXT: A certain KanuBonaventure tweeted on January 7, 2023 that an Igbo girl was sponsored by the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, who performed heart surgery in 30 minutes. The tweet reads: “Chiamaka a 20 years old Igbo girl that Peter Obi sends to England on free scholarship grand(sic), has become the first black girl to transplant a heart into another human in 30 minutes.”

VERIFICATION: Checks by Daily Trust showed that this tweet is false. The student in the picture was not Chiamaka but Wuraola, a graduate of Ternopil National Medical University, Ukraine. Wuraola did not attend school in the UK.

Wuraola (with the Twitter handle lifeofcandace), in a quoted tweet, debunked KanuBonaventure’s tweet by quoting a picture she took years ago and said she recently completed her undergraduate programme, and her education was sponsored by her parents.

“My name is Wuraola. I took this picture years ago in medical school. I recently completed my undergraduate programme at Ternopil National Medical University, Ukraine. My parents sponsored my education. It’s hilarious because the man is doing a disservice to Peter Obi,” she said.

Further checks from a medical practitioner named Khalil-ur-Rahman Abdullah, said there’s no specific duration for a heart transplant; Reason being that there are numerous factors that can litigate the process. He said it can’t be less than four hours.

He further said that a heart transplant is a rare surgery even in developed countries. It’s a technical process and requires technical and multidisciplinary specialists.

He added that it is unrealistic and impossible to perform a heart transplant in 30 minutes as claimed in the tweet.

Another medical practitioner, Dr Dapo Fashina, who works at the Nigerian Navy Hospital, told Daily Trust that due to the complexity and rigidity of a heart transplant, it is impossible to achieve a successful surgery in 30 minutes.

“A heart transplant will take about six hours or more due to its complexity. It’s impossible to achieve that in 30 minutes,” he said. 

CONCLUSION: Peter Obi did not sponsor a doctor named Chiamaka that carried out a heart transplant in 30 minutes. Plus, it is impossible to perform a heart transplant in under 30 minutes.

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