Police appeal for return of heart surgeon’s glasses
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.