Medical students -- and members of the public -- tuned in from all over the globe to watch Ahmed perform surgery on a 70-year old British colon cancer patient. Students at the Royal London Hospital where the surgery took place watch the surgery unfold.
Nearly 50,000 people watched the surgery, which lasted two hours and 40 minutes, including these students in Morocco. The greatest numbers watching on desktop were in China.
While primarily targeting medical students and trainees, many of the people tuning in were people in search of content, using gadgets such as Samsung Gear VR.
The team at Medical Realities is not stopping simply at immersion inside an operating theater. The next goal is to provide truly virtual surgery, where the viewer conducts the operation. "My vision is that you have a virtual body, pick up a virtual scalpel, see virtual blood and create a completely virtual operation," said Ahmed.