Virtual Reality helped Brazilian twins separate who were joined by birth. In Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, Three-year-old Bernardo and Arthur Lima underwent surgeries in Rio de Janeiro. The doctors spent many months on trials using virtual reality projections based on CT and MRI scans. Noor ul Owase Jellani described this surgery as Space-age stuff.
This surgery was funded by Gemini Untwined, which Mr. Jeelani founded in 2018. Twins had seven surgeries involving 27 hours of operating time in the final operation alone and took almost100 medical staff.
Mr. Jeelani told the PA news agency while talking about the VR aspect of surgery, “It’s just wonderful. It’s great to see the anatomy and do the surgery before you put the children at risk.” “In some ways, these operations are considered the hardest of our time, and to do it in virtual reality was just man-on-Mars stuff.”
He also said that previous attempts were unsuccessful because their anatomy was complicated by scar tissue, and he was apprehensive about the procedure. Mr. Jeelani said that he was exhausted after the 27-hour operation. However, he was happy to see his family happy. Twins are recovering and will be supported with six months of rehabilitation.
This operation was the 6th separation procedure with Gemini Untwined, previously operating on twins from Pakistan, Sudan, Israel, and Turkey. Dr. Gabriel Estadual, head of pediatric surgery at Instituto Estadual do Cerebro Paulo Niemeyer in Brazil, was at his side during this procedure.
“Since the boys’ parents came from their home in the Roraima region to Rio to seek our help two-and-a-half years ago, they have become part of our family here in the hospital. We are delighted that the surgery went so well.” Bernardo and Arthur were four years old and had fused brains to be separated.
The charity said that one in 60,000 births results in conjoined twins and 5% of those are craniopagus.