Arthur and Bernardo Lima were born in 2018 in Roraima state in northern Brazil as craniopagic twins, a rare condition where brothers share a skull.
Almost four years on – much of which was spent in danger in a hospital in Rio de Janeiro – the brothers can now look each other in the face for the first time since the series. in nine operations, culminating in a marathon 27-hour operation in their ward.
London-based medical charity Gemini Untwined, which helped carry out the procedure, described it as “the most difficult and complex divorce to date” because the boys had different vital arteries.
#photo 1 “The twins have the most serious and severe version of the disease with the highest risk of death for both,” said neurosurgeon Gabriel Mufarrej of the Paul Niemeyer State Brain Institute (IECPN) in Rio, where the procedure was performed.
“We are very pleased with the result because no one else believed in this operation, but we always believed there was a chance,” he said in a statement.
Members of the medical team, which includes nearly 100 employees, are preparing using virtual reality for the dangerous final stages of the operation on June 7 and 9, Gemini Untwined reported.
Using brain scans to create a digital map of a man’s split skull, surgeons practice the procedure in a transatlantic virtual reality test run.
British neurosurgeon Noor ul Owase Jeelani, lead surgeon at Gemini Untwined, calls virtual reality prep sessions “space age stuff.” “It’s great, it’s great to see the anatomy and do the surgery before you put children at risk,” he told Britain’s PA news agency.
“You can imagine how reassuring that is for surgeons…Doing this in virtual reality is just a man on Mars thing.
” Photos and videos released by medical staff show the boys lying on a hospital bed after surgery, with little Arthur reaching out to touch his brother’s hand.
#photo 2 The boys’ mother, Adrila Lima, tearfully described the family’s relief.
“We lived in the hospital for almost four years,” he said.