Exposed: Belfast brain surgeon who offers quack gay cures

Exposed: Belfast brain surgeon who offers quack gay cures August 16, 2017

Josh Parry, above, a reporter for the Liverpool Echo. went undercover to investigate a church that claims to cure homosexuality – and discovered that its pastor, Dr Desmond Dele Sanusi, inset, works as an NHS brain surgeon in Belfast.
In this report, Parry revealed that  the Liverpool branch of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries on Breck Road believes it can cure gay people with a three-day starvation programme.

Sanusi – “an erudite Bible scholar” – is a doctor registered with the General Medical Council, and is believed to be working as a neurosurgeon for the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
The trust, which oversees eight different hospitals, confirmed that Dr Sanusi was an employee, but refused to declare his job title or which hospital he works in.
They also said that they are “looking into” the Echo‘s claims with a multi-department investigation.
Parry found the church’s assistant pastor was offering “deliverance” therapy – often referred to as “pray the gay away”.
The church’s website also suggests the “cure” should be undertaken by victims of sexual assault and child abuse.

When approached with Parry’s findings, Sanusi repeatedly denied that the church discriminated against gay people – and said that any advice given out was not sanctioned by himself – and  instead advised a 24-hour fasting period.
He said:

If you come to the church to come and pray to come and know God better you are welcome. We don’t discriminate against people.  [The programme] been running for over 20 years and nobody has dropped dead.

As part of the therapy, Parry  was told that he should starve himself without drinking any water for up to three days in order for the “cure” to be more effective. At no point was any medical examination offered.
Companies House records name Dr Sanusi as the director of Converriage Ventures Limited, registered to an address in Warrington. which is described as a “financial management business” which also has interests in the

Regulation of health care, education, cultural and other social services and other human health activities

The company was formed in 2016 with £250,000 worth of shares.
Although Sanusi’s’s involvement with the church is not believed to be in contravention of any rules or regulations, the church’s recommendations go against a memorandum of understanding signed by over 15 professional medical bodies in 2015 – including the NHS.

The document was signed by 15 governing bodies including the NHS, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and states that there is “no evidence” that conversion therapy works, while there is evidence it has “the potential to cause harm”.
The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries website – which also has a “meet the pastor” section featuring Sanusi, advertises deliverance therapy sessions which are held every three months.
However experts slammed the programme as “dangerous” for both mental and physical health, and said the Echo’s’s findings are “extremely concerning”.
Dr Louise Theodosiou, consultant psychiatrist from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said that the fasting element of the therapy poses “huge” risks to physical health, and could impact on the brain function of those undergoing the treatment.
If a person doesn’t eat for 24 hours, while that wouldn’t lead to a significant deterioration in your brain function, you certainly wouldn’t be functioning at your normal rate of mental agility or acuity. It would be dangerous, for example, for them to drive.
You can imagine a person would be extremely thirsty after that length of time so there may be a situation where you exacerbate underlying health conditions and then overload your fluids in your desperation to relieve your thirst.
A spokesperson for the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust said:
Belfast Trust is investigating the claims put to them.
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  • Anthony Baker

    Does he do brain ops on gays? If yes, when hes poking away inside a gay cranium does he make a few snips to cure the gay tendencies?
    Can he conduct a self administer lobotomy to cure himself of his lunatic beliefs.

  • Broga

    A brain surgeon in the NHS? Oh no! Tell me it isn’t true. I have had, a long time ago, some contact with a brain surgeon when my late brother had a smash on his motor cycle. The operation was a last ditch attempt to save his life after a long period of being unconscious.
    I still remember the kindness of the registrar to my mother and myself including drawing a diagram of what they wanted to try. They needed our agreement.
    He survived as a very different person for the rest of his life.
    What would the choice be when faced with Dr Sanusi? Would we even know how religiously dotty he was.

  • Gui

    OFF-TOPIC: weren’t the world supposed start to end yesterday, according to Seff?

  • Broga

    Gui: I think Trump and the Kimmy are working on this together. There should be a result quite soon.

  • Ate Berga

    I love his bio! First he blabbers on about his sky friend, and then by the by, mentions he is a brain surgeon. What a twat!

  • Broga

    The Hospital Trust “refused to declare his job title or which hospital he works in.”
    So what is that about? Are not patients entitled to know even the most basic facts about a doctor to whom they entrust themselves?

  • remigius

    Broga, a quick look at the GMC database shows that he has an MB/BS (Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery) from the University of Nigeria (2005). He is registered with the GMC but is not on the GP register, nor the Specialist register.
    The GMC lists him as – ‘This doctor is in a GMC approved training programme’. No doubt on the way to becoming a respected brain surgeon.

  • remigius

    ‘You can imagine a person would be extremely thirsty after that length of time…’
    Unless they found salivation through Jesus Christ 🙂

  • RussellW

    I was going to make a similar comment. Apparently the white coat supremacists don’t think that the plebs need to know.

  • 1859

    He was ‘anointed many years ago’ and he ‘preaches the word of god’ and he is a ‘trainee brain surgeon’…in other words someone whose ego is so big he has lost sight of how ridiculous he is.

  • Robster

    Is that an alarm going off?

  • Broga

    University of Nigeria? This man is dodgy. I wouldn’t want him meddling in my brain.

  • Broga

    I would like to see some of the “many scientific articles” he has written. Or is this an attempt to persuade, and be accepted without examination, by making claims about scientific achievements. Challenge him! Ask for a reference to some of these scientific articles. I note that the claim is for scientific articles, not medical articles. Much more vague.

  • Angela_K

    Nigeria is notorious for corruption so I wonder how much a degree costs?

  • barriejohn

    “Trainee brain surgeon” with a Nigerian degree? Talk about alarm bells ringing!

  • remigius

    Broga, he has actually written many papers in the relevant field. Here’s one – it’s about using a certain type of screw in spinal surgery, and published in a peer reviewed journal…
    We shouldn’t let prejudice form our opinions. It is possible to have a recognised qualification in one field and still hold ridiculous beliefs in another. Stephen Green has a degree in engineering from Cambridge University. Religion can make some very bright people do/say some very stupid things.

  • barriejohn

    Remigius: You’re right, actually. There are other references to papers of his, so we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. Funnily enough, I was talking to a local acquaintance of mine about this in town only the other day. He attends jazz gatherings in London, and meets some very intelligent people, some of whom belong to cults like Christian Science and the Watchtower, and he, too, wonders how you can be so intelligent and well-educated but still hold such irrational views. I knew many such people in the Brethren – including a consultant from Manchester who visited the church to preach regularly – and have a friend who was until recently a professor of surgery. I have spoken before about Professor Rendle Short, of Bristol, whose book Wonderfully Made was required reading for young Christians of my generation (“look at the eye”), but is sheer fantasy. It really is a mystery to me, because I found it impossible to continue to “believe impossible things”, but it’s interesting to learn that Rendle Short’s son admitted that his father struggled with his beliefs at times, whatever front he put on:

  • remigius

    barriejohn, on the subject of ex-Brethren who give it all up – have you read Bob’s latest philosophical beneficence? It’s on’t same theme – though I have absolutely no idea who he can possibly be referring to…
    And neither does he – apparently!

  • barriejohn

    That poor man! I shall pray for him earnestly!

  • tonye

    Famous at last!
    If you’ve raised Bob’s ire then you are doing something right.

  • barriejohn

    @tonye: Many thanks for your plaudits! I was feeling particularly miserable this morning, as my dear mother has just gone into a care home – maybe permanently – and this blog has cheered me up no end, as usual. I am very upset to think that I may not be able to care for my mother any more, but Bob’s gracious, loving god has taken her mind from her, and she no longer recognizes me, her home, nor photos of my late father. What a way to end one’s life, but all part of his”wonderful plan”. There are thousands of blogs similar to Bob’s, hardly read by anyone but a little group of friends, and the only reason that they exist is to bolster the faith of the writers, who realize that their beliefs are totally irrational, but don’t have the courage to ditch them. When I was a young Christian it was common for preachers to bombard us with stories of famous scientists, generals (Gordon, anybody? Nutty as a fruitcake), or peers of the realm (Lord Tonypandy – child molester – was a favourite at the time) who had been devout Christians, as if they knew full well that there wasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell of defending their beliefs logically. I was talking to that friend in town the other day about the “Frankenstein dinosaur” recently featured in the news, and asking him how anyone could still believe in Creation. How ironic that the existences of logical thought is one of the believers’ prime arguments for the existence of god, yet they have to set aside normal brain processes and employ “faith” when it comes to the Bible, and their god himself doesn’t act in a “logical” way anyway, creating pointless fossils, and giving the universe an arbitrary age of x billion years! Still, nice to know that some visit this blog regularly, where they obviously realize that they don’t have any answer to these and other questions, so maybe there’s hope for them yet.

  • Broga

    barriejohn: I’m sorry to hear about your mother. These are hard decisions for all involved as I know well. You, and your mother, have my best wishes.

  • Angela_K

    Barriejohn. I’m sorry to hear your mother has gone into a care home. My mother lost the fight with Alzheimer’s about five years ago after a few years in a care home; she couldn’t speak or feed herself during her last two years. As you say, this god of Bob’s is a sadistic and vainglorious tyrant to inflict so much suffering; however, we know, sadly, it is just nature.

  • barriejohn

    Thanks for the good wishes. It’s so sad to see a warm, loving, kind person become just an empty shell, but as you say, that’s nature taking its course, as a new generation comes along to take our place.

  • Stephen Mynett

    Sorry to hear your news BJ. You are exactly right about selfish demented Bob’s loving deity. I remember the religionist campaigns again mine and other heamophilia centres when they started giving free condoms to their patients.
    When the first tests for AIDS came out we were unsure about any possible dormancy period for the virus and because of this no one was considered safe until six tests done at six-month intervals were negative (luckily now it is a much quicker test). For this reason all haemophiliacs were offered free condoms so we could protect our partners, of course the religionist creeps like Bob and Tom80 (a regular papist troll on here) were up in arms against it as they considered it better to condemn someone to a horrible death than stop a non-sentient sperm from fertlising a non-sentient ova.

  • 1859

    @barriejohn:re. the point, intelligence is no guarantee of rational thought. The same was/is true of culture in 1930s Germany. No-one at the time thought that such a culturally advanced country that displayed such amazingly refined, intelligent ideas, could descend so quickly into barbarism. As people belatedly discovered intelligent culture was no guarantee of humane, social behaviour.
    My own take on those intelligent, seemingly rational , people, who nonetheless believe in a benevolent beast in the sky, is that they are in some way emotionally troubled, and a blind faith in an ultimate cause, somehow smooths their emotional waters and gives them a secure sense of calmness in what they perceive as an ugly ocean of irrational chaos. But who knows?

  • Broga

    ” they are in some way emotionally troubled, and a blind faith in an ultimate cause, somehow smooths their emotional waters and gives them a secure sense of calmness ”
    I wonder about that. I have noticed that some devout Christians dare not risk even considering the obvious irrationality of their incredible beliefs.

  • 1859

    @ Broga: I suppose the real question is, How blind is blind faith?