Appeal after specialist operating glasses stolen

Specialist operating glasses belonging to a Birmingham-based heart surgeon have been stolen and we need your help to get them back.

Stephen Rooney’s glasses or ‘loupes’ – which are needed to perform life-saving surgery – were snatched from his car outside the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Saturday (11 September).

Mr Rooney is a consultant cardiac surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and performs life-saving heart procedures.

The loupes are absolutely essential for carrying out painstaking, intricate heart procedures. They’re custom-designed for Mr Rooney and are of no use to anyone else.

Only a few companies in the world make them meaning it will take around six weeks to get a replacement pair. During this time he will not be able to conduct any life-saving heart operations.

Because of how crucial the glasses are to his work, we’re appealing for help to get them back.

The stolen operating glasses are described as having a black frame. They have the name ‘Stephen Rooney’ engraved in the arms.

They had been in a black and aluminium box, also with his name on it, when they were taken. A folding golf cart was also stolen from the passenger footwell of the car.

Our priority is for the glasses to be returned to the hospital, and we are appealing directly to the people who’ve taken them to do the right thing and take them back.

If you have any other information that could help, please get in touch via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk 8am – midnight, or call 101 anytime.

To remain 100% anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Tell them what you know, not who you are. Please quote crime number 20/1734004/21.

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