The police have made an urgent appeal to find the glasses of a heart surgeon who have been stolen from his car, leaving him unable to perform procedures for weeks.
Stephen Rooney uses his loupes, or loupes, to perform a clife-saving surgery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital at Birmingham .
They were stolen from his car outside the hospital on Saturday, and police said as only a few companies around the world made them, it would take about six weeks to get a pair replacement.
Meanwhile, Rooney, a consulting cardiac surgeon, will not be able to perform cardiac operations.
Police say the glasses were custom designed for Rooney and would not be of use to anyone else.
West Midlands Police said:" Due to the importance of the glasses to their job, we are asking for assistance in retrieving them. Our priority is thatglasses be returned to the hospital, and we are directly asking those who took them to do the right thing and bring them back.
Loupes are small magnifying devices that can be mounted on glasses, and they are commonly used by surgeons to perform delicate procedures.
They are made to measure. for each surgeon according to their corrected vision, the distance between the pupils and the desired focal length.
"Loupes are relatively essential for performing cardiac procedures meticulous and complex, "police said.
The stolen glasses have a black bezel and " Stephen Rooney "engraved on the arms. They were in a black and aluminum box, also bearing Rooney 's name, when they were taken away.
A folding golf cart was produced.was also stolen from the feet of passengers in the car.
West Midlands Police urge anyone with information who can help to contact them via Live chat from 8am to midnight or call 101 anytime. To remain 100% anonymous contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111, citing crime number 20/1734004/21.