The neurosurgeon who allowed CNN inside a remarkable operation to separate twins Jadon and Anias McDonald, Dr James T. Goodrich has died.
Dr Goodrich, according to the Hospital where he worked, died on Monday, March 30, 2020, after a complications related to Covid-19.
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.”
The Hospital described Dr Goodrich as a humble and truly caring man, who did not crave the limelight and was beloved by his Colleagues and Staff.
They spoke of his skills as a neurosurgeon, but also of his spirit, including how he baked cookies during the holidays and hand-delivered them to Nurses.
The Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, Dr Emad Eskandar, said: “Jim was in many ways the heart and soul of our Department – a Master Surgeon, a world-class Educator, and a beloved Colleague for all. His sudden loss is heart-breaking and his memory will always remain foremost in our thoughts.”
The Hospital called Dr Goodrich a Pioneer in the field of helping children with complex neurological conditions; he developed a multi-stage approach for separating craniopagus twins, like Jadon and Anias McDonald, who were fused at the brain and skull.
Dr Goodrich was thrust into the spotlight in 2004 when he operated on Carl and Clarence Aguirre, twins from the Philippines who shared about 8 centimeters of brain tissue.
In 2016, Dr Goodrich led a team of 40 Doctors in a 27-hour surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx to separate Anias and Jadon, who were 13 months old when they were separated. CNN was in the operating room with Dr Goodrich and the Team as the boys were separated.