A world-renowned NYC pediatric neurosurgeon who separated conjoined twins has died from coronavirus.
Dr. James T. Goodrich, 73, died on Monday after complications related to Covid-19, the hospital where he worked announced.
He separated twins Jadon and Anais McDonald four years ago at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City in a 27-hour surgery.
The hospital have described Goodrich as a ‘humble and truly caring man’ who ‘did not crave the limelight and was beloved by his colleagues and staff.’
They added that he was a skilled neurosurgeon but was also kind and used to bake cookies during the holidays to give to the nurses that he worked with.
Montefiore Medicine CEO Dr. Philip O. Ozuah said: ‘Dr. Goodrich was a beacon of our institution and he will be truly missed. His expertise and ability were second only to his kind heart and manner.’
In a tweet the hospital said: ‘The Montefiore community is mourning the loss of Dr. James T. Goodrich, world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon. Dr. Goodrich passed away on March 30, 2020 from complications associated with COVID-19.’
The statement went on to say that he was a generous mentor and teacher who shared his expertise with aspiring young surgeons.
The pioneering neurosurgeon spent more than 30 years at the Bronx hospital, where he was director of the division of pediatric neurosurgery.
He was also a professor of clinical neurological surgery, pediatrics, plastic and reconstructive surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
The hospital said Goodrich, originally from Oregon, served as a Marine during the Vietnam war. It was during this time he decided to pursue a medical career.
Dr. Goodrich will leave behind his wife and three sisters. The hospital has sent their condolences to the family.
The twin boys he famously separated were born via Cesarean section in September 2015 near Chicago, Illinois.
They were joined at the crown and shared a five-to-seven centimeter section of brain tissue.
Just five months later, the McDonalds traveled to Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, New York, to have Dr. Goodrich perform the incredibly rare operation to separate their heads.
After the twins arrived at the hospital in February, the four-stage separation procedure was planned, in-part, by using 3-D printing technology to map the boys’ anatomy.
The operation, which took place over October 13 and 14, 2016, cost a cool $2.5million and lasted an incredible 27 hours.
The 40-person surgical team was led in part by Dr. Goodrich, who specializes in separating craniopagus twins.
Two months later, in December, Jadon and Anais were transferred to Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Westchester Country to begin rehabilitation.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to claim more victims as the death toll on Monday surpassed 3,000 Americans, including a single mother of six children who bid her farewell using a walkie-talkie, and a New Jersey National Guardsman, the first military figure to die after contracting the virus.