Conjoined twins Eloa and Sara, from RO, are doing well and are being cared for by their parents at home after surgery performed in 2020 by the medical team of InCor, Instituto do Coração, Hospital das Clínicas, Faculdade de Medicina da. USP:
And the surgery on the girls, who were born fused to the chest, was a success thanks to the help of 3D printing and the brilliant work of a team of 40 health professionals.
They were helped by the experience of MedRoom, a startup that works with 3D modeling technology and also teaches anatomy courses in health courses in Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru. Their technology allowed doctors to realistically imagine the case of little sisters who shared only one liver. The hearts were also connected by some kind of veins.
“First we looked at the prospect of child survival. We needed to know if they would breathe, if they would be intubated, and if they could survive outside of their mother’s womb. We started with a CT scan, which gave us an idea of the anatomy and whether this separation was possible. says Dr. Marcelo Yaten, Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at InCor.
virtual reality help
The partnership between the startup and the Instituto do Coração began in 2019, when the organization also introduced Andar Digital InCor, a virtual reality station with solutions for anatomy and clinical case studies, in its building in partnership with Intel.
MedRoom virtual 3D simulation was created in 2020. Through this, it was possible to understand the relationship between the two hearts, chest bones, liver and blood circulation channels, which were interconnected in Siamese girls.
3D models are created from imaging tests such as CT scans done on children.
Doctors confirmed that virtual reality helped the success of the surgery.
“We envisioned the possibility of doing the split, and the VR part gave us the ultimate opportunity. We had an idea to do it on the one hand, and virtual reality helped us define what was best,” he said.
“This was a very difficult and at the same time gratifying case, because we were able to combine support for the surgical team using the latest technologies such as 3D virtual reality and, above all, to benefit both girls. “, says Guilherme Rabelo, Manager of Commercial and Market Intelligence at InovaInCor, the Innovation Center of InCor and Fundação Zerbini.
30 days of preparation
In the case of the Brazilian conjoined twins, two MedRoom specialists worked for 30 days to accurately create 3D models derived from imaging tests.
According to Sandro Nhaia, CTO and co-founder of edtech, although a big challenge, “we strongly believe that the MedRoom solution will make a significant difference to the success of surgery. Working on this unprecedented case in Brazil, together with our partner InCor, allowed us to further develop our technology.”
recovery of girls
The separation surgery was complicated, as was the girls’ recovery, but thankfully Sarah and Eloah are safe and sound at home.
There was even a 10-month gap between them, as little Eloa had to stay in the intensive care unit (ICU) with her mother Jacqueline Karmer, while Sarah returned to Rondonia with her father, Vanderson Maia.
Today, they receive all the care of their parents and continue to be under the supervision of doctors.
Congratulations to the professionals involved and the warrior parents who never gave up on their daughters.
May they and their families be crowned with joy from now on.
With information from the PHB