Head-attached Brazilian twins successfully separated by UK-based surgeon, report in Independent said. Bernardo and Arthur Lima, both nearly 4, underwent at least seven surgeries in Rio de Janeiro, during which Dr. Noor ul Owase Jeelani provided counseling from Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. The last two surgeries took 33 hours of surgery time to separate the boys with fused brains — called craniopagus twins — and involved more than 100 medical staff, the outlet said. Surgeons practiced various techniques in virtual reality for months before the delicate procedure really began.
Independent said Dr Gabriel Mufarrej, the chief of surgery at the Instituto Estadual do Cerebro Paulo Niemeyer, also supervised the operation along with Dr Jeelani. The UK-based pediatric surgeon described the surgery as a “remarkable achievement,” the outlet said in the report.
Because the twins are nearly four years old, they are also the oldest craniopagus twins with a fused brain to have separated, he said. Independent.
based in the UK Subway quoted Dr. Mufarrej as saying that the boys’ parents came to the Brazilian hospital two and a half years ago. “They had become part of our family in the hospital,” he added.
Gemini Untwined, a charity founded by Mr. Jeelani, helped the boys’ parents raise money for the operation. The charity said separating Bernardo and Arthur was one of the most complex divorce processes ever completed, adding that many surgeons didn’t even think it possible.
Both boys are recovering well in hospital and will receive six months of rehabilitation. Subway said further in his report citing the charity.
According to Gemini figures, one in 60,000 births results in conjoined twins, and only 5 percent of these are craniopagus children.