By Suzan Edeh
Bauchi—Ibrahim Sai’du Ibrahim, an 18-year-old cancer patient in Bauchi, now has a new lease of life as a team of medical surgeons at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, ATBUTH, Bauchi, have constructed a new bladder for him.
Vanguard gathered that Ibrahim, a student of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, was diagnosed of a disease in which malignant cancer cells form in the tissues of the bladder.
A surgical procedure was carried out on Ibrahim, which include the removal of the bladder and construction of a new bladder, which was the final option Ibrahim had to save his life.
Among the team of doctors were Dr. Makama Baje Salihu, Head of Surgery, ATBUTH; Dr. Haruna Usman Liman, the lead surgeon, and two other medical professionals, who assisted during the surgery.
The lead surgeon, Dr. Haruna Usman, said Ibrahim had a five-year history of passage of blood in the urine and was diagnosed with carcinoma— cancer of the bladder.
He said: “When we evaluated Ibrahim, we discovered that he had a mass in the bladder. So he had to go through series of X-rays of the kidney, ureters and bladder as well as the removal of cell tissues so that they can be viewed under the microscope by a pathologist and Cystoscophy.
“All these procedures were conducted to establish whether there were cancerous cells or not. In his situation, the aim was to control the tumour from spreading because there was a spread of the tumour into the pipes that link urine between the kidney and bladder.
“The aim of this procedure is to give him the best option because there is no cure for cancer.
“What we did for him was to control the tumour from spreading and increase his chance of survival.
“The the second part of the procedure was to remove the bladder and refashion a new bladder for him.”