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How surgeons used a groundbreaking virtual reality procedure to separate conjoined twins connected at the skull

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Arthur and Bernardo’s parents, Adriely and Antonio Lima, have spent a lot of time with the boys at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / AFP)
Arthur and Bernardo’s parents, Adriely and Antonio Lima, have spent a lot of time with the boys at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / AFP)

The hospital passage filled with family members waiting with bated breath. Hugging, holding hands and praying, the small gathering of people were all desperately hoping for one thing: news that two little boys had survived.

As doctors rolled out heavily sedated brothers Arthur and Bernardo Lima, tears of joy streamed down the faces of their parents, Adriely and Antonio Lima. “I can’t believe my children are separated!” Adriely shouted to those who’d been so solemn just moments before.

The relief was understandable. Their three-year-old sons went into the opera­ting theatre as conjoined twins and emerged more than a day later, safely separated thanks to groundbreaking surgery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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