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Professor Tony Holmes AO chats to Jayco about the world-renowned marathon operation to separate Bangladeshi twins

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World-leading Australian surgeon, Professor Tony Holmes AO chats to Melbourne radio broadcaster and Jayco ambassador, David Mann about the world-famous surgery to separate Bangladeshi conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna as part of a new YouTube series by Australia’s number one caravan and RV manufacturer, Jayco.

The conversation-based video series titled ‘Innovative Australians’ features the country’s greatest thinkers and deep dives into how they innovate in each of their fields. They also discuss their love for caravanning and camping and their experiences of outdoor and adventure.

“I’ve never dealt with conjoined twins at the head before and perhaps we didn’t know what we were getting into,” said Professor Holmes. “We got permission to bring them over and unfortunately when they arrived, they were not alright; they were dying.”

“The moment they arrived, they virtually had to go to intensive care because one of the children was in heart failure and of course if one died, both died. Then we had to assemble the team of neurosurgeons, anaesthetists and surgeons, and work out how this could be done, and whether it should be done because the risk of one or both dying was very high,” he said.

For decades, Professor Holmes has been performing life-changing surgery to children with skull and facial deformities and in 2018, he was awarded an officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to reconstructive and craniofacial surgery. He still works 60-hour days and splits his time between the Royal Children’s Hospital and Jigsaw Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation he founded in 1990.

“To help me switch off from work, I like going completely off the grid. I like hiking and kite surfing, which I took up at 65. Camping and caravanning to me is the best holiday ever,” said Professor Holmes.

“I have made a policy that my family and I get away to Mallacoota. We now call it the ‘Tarp Mahal’ not to be mistaken by the Taj Mahal. When we started camping, there was only a small number of kids,” he said. “Now it’s the children, grandchildren and friends that come each year and we have been going to Mallacoota together for more than 30 years,” Professor Holmes said.

Jayco CEO, Garry Moore, said Jayco’s Innovative Australians YouTube series gives people a front row seat to watch and hear unexpected and interesting stories of Australians who have sharpened their edge and are willing to think differently.

“From world-class engineering to market-leading technology, innovation continues to be at the forefront of everything we do at Jayco. In our new YouTube series we connect with like-minded Australian innovators making waves in their industries, and uncover their secrets of success, and how camping and caravanning helps them switch off,” said Mr Moore.

Each interview features a new host and Jayco product. This episode is presented by Melbourne radio broadcaster, David Mann in the world’s first voice-activated caravan, Jayco Silverline.

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