Police have launched an urgent petition for their return after the specialist surgical eyeglasses of a cardiac surgeon were stolen from his car outside the hospital where he works.
Stephen Rooney of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham was unable to perform surgery when she wore glasses called a loupe on Saturday.
They are custom designed for Rooney, useless to anyone else, and are “absolutely essential” for his painstaking and complex heart surgery.
It will take 6 weeks for the replacement pair to be created. This means that the cardiac surgeon may be forced to cancel a few weeks of lifesaving surgery unless it is returned.
The West Midlands Police said: “Glasses are so important to his work that we are looking for help in getting them back.
“The stolen surgical glasses are described as having a black frame. The arm is engraved with the name” Stephen Rooney. “
“When they were taken, they were in a black and aluminum box with his name on it.”
A foldable golf cart was also stolen from the foot of the passenger seat of the car.
“Our priority is to return the glasses to the hospital, and we are directly appealing to those who brought them to do the right thing and bring them home,” police added.
For useful information, we recommend contacting the West Midlands Police via west-midlands.police.uk or calling 101.
To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111 and quote criminal number 20/13400 4/21.