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  A Nigerian Consultant Neurosurgeon, Tayo Ojo, became an internet sensation when Dr Chinonso Egemba better known as Aproko Doctor –the popular online healthcare influencer – narrated how he (Ojo) successfully operated on his brain and saved his life by removing a deadly tumour through surgical means.
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Ojo who is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Lagoon Hospital won the prestigious Young Neurosurgeon award of the World Federation of Neurosurgeon Societies in South Korea in 2013. Ojo won the award due to his outstanding work on Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV) in the treatment of hydrocephalus in children. Narrating his ordeal with the life-threatening ailment, Aproko Doctor attributed his recovery to the efforts of Dr Ojo.
It was Dr Tayo Ojo, a neurosurgeon here in Nigeria, that did the surgery. So many people begged me to leave the country and get the surgery done, but something kept me back here because I still had trust in us. We just need more investment in our health sector,
he tweeted with an attachment of a photo of the doctor. This drew the attention of thousands of netizens who showered encomiums on the doctor as well as narrated their pleasant experience with the very talented yet down-to-earth doctor.
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B Emmanuel tweeted his encounter with Dr Ojo, saying,
I am a neurofibromatosis patient. He did a spine surgery for me too at LUTH. He also assist(ed) Dr Ugboro in doing a skin-grafting surgery of the foot for me. I so much love that man.
An Instagram user, Jane Michael, said, “This is the doctor that saved my mum from brain tumor in LUTH.” Favouritethings tweeted,
Dr. Ojo is the angel that saved my life from brain aneurysm in September 2022 too. Such a kind man. I was already bleeding into my brain before I got to LUTH on 9/9/2022. Here I am, recovering and grateful to be alive. Nigeria has hope if we can support our doctors.

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Sola Baloo tweeted, “Wow! Same Dr Tayo Ojo did my father’s brain surgery in 2019, and my old man is doing just great.” The CEO of, @markessien, also tweeted
I have worked with Dr Tayo Ojo!!!!! Very calm, punctual and humble man. Not like other Nigerian consultants and he does excellent work all the time. The man has ethics!

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This article was first published on 20th January 2023


Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.

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