INSPIRING! Meet Dr. Penelope Adinku: The First Female Cardiothoracic Surgeon in Ghana And The First Ghanaian Female Doctor To Perform An Open-Heart Surgery

Dr Penelope Adinku

History, they say, is always meant to be made and broken. Since the early days of humankind, Africans have risen to the test of time. The continent is, unarguably, known for being the mother of geniuses. These inventions have given modern society an easy pathway to extraordinary discoveries which have been of significant help to human society. Without an iota of doubt, the continent is home to some of the world’s greatest minds and geniuses; past and present.

The African woman is seen, by many outsiders I mean of “the West”, as housemaids and housewives. But that’s not quite the truth as we all know that Africa is home to some of the world’s smartest women and girls with the likes of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to name but a few. These women are a beacon of hope for the continent and the world at large.

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Women like Dr Penelope Adinku, who has now become the first-ever female cardiothoracic surgeon in Ghana should be celebrated. Whilst she made history by becoming the first cardiothoracic surgeon in Ghana, the young, gifted and brilliant doctor has made another historic move as she completed her first heart treatment successfully. Dr. Adinku successfully repairs a 6-Year-Old girl’s heart in a surgical procedure.

This historic news has now become a topic of discussion in the social spaces. Even though she is as brilliant as her ancestors were, and since it was her first time, the brilliant and brave doctor underwent the procedure under the supervision of Dr Lawrence Agyemang Serebour, the chairman of the National Cardiothoracic Center.

She had her first surgery which improved her condition and she came for the second surgery which we just completed, where we opened up an obstruction in her heart to make sure blood flows into her lungs, said Dr Adinku after her first successful heart surgery

Dr. Penelope Adinku feels it has taken so long for Ghana to have its first female cardiothoracic surgeon because of the demanding nature of the speciality, which makes it difficult for women to balance work and family obligations.

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Author: Abu Bakarr Jalloh

Abu Bakarr Jalloh is a Sierra Leonean content writer, author, Neo Pan-African and founder of The African Dream, an online platform for inspiring, positive and compelling African stories. Contact: WhatsApp: +23276211583

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