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Virtual Reality Helps Doctors Successfully Separate Joined Twins

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The three-year-old twins of Brazil-born with fused brains were separated successfully 

following 33 hours of operation performed by UK-based physicians using virtual and augmented reality technology.

Bernardo and Arthur Lima underwent seven surgeries in Rio de Janeiro under the supervision of 

paediatric surgeon Noor-ul-Owase Jeelani from London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, Sky News reported.

Around 100 medical professionals took part in the procedure, and surgeons tinkered for months with different techniques in virtual reality before beginning the actual procedure.

Dr Jeelani and Dr Gabriel Mufarrej performed the surgery procedure, head of paediatric surgery at Instituto Estadual do Cerebro Paulo Niemeyer.

Dr Jeelani has described the procedure as the operation was a "remarkable accomplishment" by the medics.