Surgeons at Abuja National Hospital in Nigeria prepare the eight year-old patient for heart surgery.
CNN —  

Ever wondered how heart surgery works? Twitter can give you a lesson.

A Nigerian hospital has live-tweeted an operation to repair a hole in the heart of an eight-year-old girl.

Abuja’s National Hospital posted real-time updates of the girl’s surgical procedure, which lasted around three hours, on the micro-blogging site yesterday.

The aim was to grow awareness of the country’s medical capabilities, hospital spokesperson Dr Tayo Haastrup told CNN.

“We have a lot of Nigerians in need of these operations,” said Dr Haastrup. “This is for them to know it is possible to do it in this country.”

Other hospitals have live-tweeted operations before, with an open heart surgery procedure in Houston, Texas, reaching an online audience of 14.5 million.

The operation was the third in a run of ten major heart procedures at the Abuja hospital performed by Nigerian doctors in collaboration with a U.S. charity.