Siamese twins separated in successful operation via virtual reality

Brazilian conjoined twins were successfully separated by two teams of doctors on different sides of the world using virtual reality technology.

The two three-year-old twins were head stitched and underwent surgery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil using virtual reality (VR) headsets in collaboration with a team of doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, the BBC reported.

Bernardo and Arthur Lima were able to separate when doctors first worked together in a “virtual reality room” while wearing the VR headsets. One of the surgeons, Noor ul Owase Jeelani, described the surgery as “space-age stuff”.

As Sky News reportedthe twin brains had connected and surgeons had to spend months studying virtual reality techniques before starting the actual procedure on the two boys.

Jeelani said: “You can imagine how reassuring that is for the surgeons,” as the success could boost this type of surgery around the world.

“In some ways, these operations are considered the most difficult of our time, and to do it in virtual reality was just real man-on-Mars stuff,” he said.

This was the sixth divorce for Dr. Jeelani who operated on twins from Sudan, Israel, Turkey and Pakistan.

Jeelani is part of an organization called Gemini Untwined that is trying to safely separate conjoined twins around the world.

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