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A volunteer medical team sponsored by the VOOM Foundation performs an open heart surgery in Nigeria while the hospital staff observe as part of their ongoing training. (Photo courtesy of VOOM Foundation)

Duluth doctor's dream drives work for Nigerian homeland

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Dr. Vincent Ohaju is haunted by his father’s death.

“What he died from is something that is easily treatable here,” said Ohaju, a trauma surgeon at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center who was born and raised in Nigeria.


“He choked on a piece of meat, and he didn’t get it out. Two weeks later he’s coughing up blood and dies from complications.”

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