Police appeal for Birmingham heart surgeon’s stolen glasses to be returned

Doctor’s magnifying loupes – needed to perform life-saving surgery – will take six weeks to replace

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 his 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.

Stephen Rooney
Stephen Rooney Photograph: EACTS

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

Loupes are small magnification devices that can be mounted on to glasses, and they are commonly used by surgeons for carrying out delicate procedures.

They are custom-made for the individual surgeon based on their corrected vision, the distance between pupils and their desired focal distance.

“The loupes are absolutely essential for carrying out painstaking, intricate heart procedures,” the police said.

The stolen glasses have a black frame and “Stephen Rooney” engraved into the arms. They were in a black and aluminium box, also with Rooney’s name on it, when they were taken.

A folding golf cart was also stolen from the passenger footwell of the car.

West Midlands police are urging anyone with information that could help to contact them via Live Chat 8am – midnight or call 101 anytime. To remain 100% anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting crime number 20/1734004/21.

Contributor

Jessica Murray Midlands correspondent

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Isis supporter jailed for planning to bomb Birmingham train lines
Zahid Hussain, 29, sentenced to minimum of 15 years after scouting target and attempting to assemble explosives

Josh Halliday North of England correspondent

09, Oct, 2017 @12:50 PM

Article image
Call for action to tackle Birmingham knife crime 'epidemic'
Campaigners blame reduction in number of police on streets for spate of stabbings including four deaths in one week

Sarah Marsh

01, Aug, 2017 @4:03 PM

Article image
Teenager stabbing: Birmingham suburb voices alarm at ‘worsening’ violence
Killing of Dea-John Reid, 14, prompts local questions about safety and weapons on the street

Jessica Murray

03, Jun, 2021 @6:14 PM

Article image
Police find bitcoin mine using stolen electricity in West Midlands
Officers expected to discover a cannabis farm when they raided building on industrial estate

Jasper Jolly

28, May, 2021 @1:38 PM

Article image
Ten years after the riots in Birmingham, a mother still seeks justice for sons’ death
Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir went into the city to protect their business as rioters clashed with police but never returned

Nazia Parveen Community affairs correspondent

01, Aug, 2021 @1:00 PM

Armed police surround Birmingham pub after man shot dead
Victim of 'targeted attack' has been identified but gunman still on loose, police say

Conal Urquhart

10, May, 2013 @7:13 PM

Christina Edkins: police appeal for witnesses to stabbing of teenager

West Midlands officers say they have spoken to only half the people who were on Birmingham bus during fatal attack

Peter Walker and Haroon Siddique

08, Mar, 2013 @10:55 AM

Article image
Birmingham restaurant in-car dining not Covid-friendly, say police
Indian restaurant must change plans for luxury three-course meal in car park next to premises

Jessica Murray

10, Feb, 2021 @1:35 PM

Article image
Suzy Lamplugh murder: police dig up garden at suspect's former home
Officers also dismantle garage at Birmingham property linked to unsolved case from 1986

Matthew Weaver

30, Oct, 2018 @3:51 PM

Article image
Suzy Lamplugh: police dig up patio of house linked to suspect
Search widens at site in Sutton Coldfield in hunt for body of estate agent missing since 1986

Nazia Parveen

31, Oct, 2018 @6:33 PM