Kashmir-origin doctor use virtual reality to separate twins with conjoined heads in a 27-hour-long surgery

A team of international surgeons successfully separated two three-year-old twins conjoined at the heads after training and preparing for months in virtual reality simulations. The twins shared vital veins in their brains and underwent seven surgeries that included nearly 100 medical staff.

Three-year-old twins Bernardo and Arthur Lima were born in a rural region of Brazil and had a fused brain, a condition scientifically called ‘Craniopagus.’ The twins are the oldest pair to undergo a separation procedure by Kashmir-origin surgeon Dr Noor ul Owase Jeelani, a famed and well-known Paediatric Neurosurgeon.

Talking to BBC Dr Jeelani described this surgery as ‘space-age-stuff.’ According to him, it was one of the most complex separation processes which he has completed. The surgery was funded by Gemini Untwined, founded by Dr Noor ul Owase Jeelani in 2018.

Gemini Untwined, the London-based medical charity that helped the parents of 3-year-old boys Bernado and Arthur Lima access the surgery, said that it was “the most challenging and complex surgery till date” because the brothers shared vital blood vessels.
To save time and reduce risk to the children, the surgeons undertaking this gruelling operation needed to know exactly what they would find upon opening the boys’ cranium. They needed to know precisely where to make incisions and how to reconstruct skin and tissues to separate the twins.
(With Inputs From Agencies)

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