A set of Brazilian twins, conjoined at the head with fused brains have been successfully separated by a UK-based surgeon. According to Independent, the twins. Bernardo and Arthur Lima, almost 4 years, went through at least seven different surgeries, involving more than 100 medical personnel, in Rio de Janeiro and guided by Dr Noor ul Owase Jeelani, from London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The paper reports that the last two surgeries lasted 33 hours to finally separate the boys with fused brains medically referred to as Craniopagus Twins.
The report also reports that surgeons spent months practicing and going through various techniques in virtual reality before embarking on the delicate procedure in which head of surgery at the Instituto Estadual do Cerebro Paulo Niemeyer, Dr Gabriel Mufarrej, also supervised the surgery alongside Dr Jeelani.
According to the Independent, the surgery involves the oldest craniopagus twins with fused brains to have gone through successful separation surgery described as a “remarkable achievement’ by the UK-based paediatric surgeon.
The surgery was funded by Gemini Untwined, a charity outfit founded by Mr Jeelani. According to the group, separating Bernardo and Arthur is one of the most complex separation processes ever completed, one it said many surgeons did not consider possible.
Both the boys are reported to be recovering well in hospital and are expected to be supported with six months of rehabilitation. Gemini figures indicates that one in 60,000 births results in conjoined twins but only 5 per cent are craniopagus children.