VIDEO: How the specialist ROSA robot works and how you can keep it in Sheffield transforming lives

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The appeal to keep a groundbreaking surgical robot in Sheffield to treat brain and spinal conditions has been officially launched today.

The ROSA surgical assistant robot could transform the lives of thousands of people needing complex brain surgery.

The ROSA surgical assistant robot could transform the lives of thousands of people needing complex brain surgery. Pictured is Sheffield consultant neurosurgeon Dev Bhattacharyya. Picture: Scott Merrylees/The Star

The ROSA surgical assistant robot could transform the lives of thousands of people needing complex brain surgery. Pictured is Sheffield consultant neurosurgeon Dev Bhattacharyya. Picture: Scott Merrylees/The Star

Just like a GPS system, ROSA provides neurosurgeons with extraordinarily accurate 3D maps of the brain, allowing them to precisely and safely reach areas they could not reach before.

This offers real hope for people with poorly controlled epilepsy, deep-seated brain tumours, Parkinson’s Disease and other complex brain disorders.

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Sheffield charity Neurocare has worked with French-based manufacturer Medtech to bring this state-of- the-art health technology to the city’s Royal Hallamshire which is now the only NHS hospital in the UK to have a ROSA.

But to keep the ROSA in Sheffield, Neurocare needs to raise £250,000 in six months. The charity, which buys the latest equipment and supports groundbreaking neurological research at Sheffield

A 250,000 appeal has been launched to secure the most advanced surgical robot of its kind for Sheffield.The ROSA surgical assistant robot could transform the lives of thousands of people needing complex brain surgery. Picture Scott Merryless/The Star

A 250,000 appeal has been launched to secure the most advanced surgical robot of its kind for Sheffield.The ROSA surgical assistant robot could transform the lives of thousands of people needing complex brain surgery. Picture Scott Merryless/The Star

Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has now launched a major fund raising appeal.

The ROSA Robot Appeal is being launched with a £50,000 donation from Sheffield-based health insurer Westfield Health.

Watch the video to see how you can help keep this groundbreaking piece of equipment in the city.

The ROSA surgical assistant robot could transform the lives of thousands of people needing complex brain surgery. Pictured is Sheffield consultant neurosurgeon Dev Bhattacharyya. Picture: Scott Merrylees/The Star

The ROSA surgical assistant robot could transform the lives of thousands of people needing complex brain surgery. Pictured is Sheffield consultant neurosurgeon Dev Bhattacharyya. Picture: Scott Merrylees/The Star

Westfield Health got the ball rolling with a donation of 50,000

Westfield Health got the ball rolling with a donation of 50,000