The Guardian

Police appeal for return of heart surgeon’s glasses

- Jessica Murray Midlands correspond­ent

Police have launched an urgent appeal to find a heart surgeon’s operating glasses that were stolen from his car, leaving him unable to carry out procedures for weeks.

Stephen Rooney uses his magnifying glasses, or loupes, to perform life-saving surgery at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham.

They were stolen from Rooney’s car outside the hospital on Saturday, and police said as only a few companies in the world made them it would take about six weeks to get a replacemen­t pair. During this time Rooney, a consultant cardiac surgeon, would not be able to conduct any heart operations.

Police said the glasses were custom-designed for Rooney and would be of no use to anyone else.

West Midlands police are urging anyone with informatio­n that could help to call 101 or to contact Crimestopp­ers on 0800 555 111, quoting crime number 20/1734004/21.

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