Our surgical team invented a new form of PPE so we could continue operating

When the coronavirus pandemic first hit the UK, thousands of surgical procedures were put on hold.

For a surgeon like me who performs operations on deaf children to restore their hearing, this created a significant moral dilemma — I wanted to get back into surgery to provide this vital care, but I didn’t want to inadvertently catch or pass on COVID-19 in the process.

I regularly carry out cochlear implant surgery, a process in which a surgeon embeds an electronic device which stimulates the hearing nerve in the ear.

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