A 33-year-old Brazilian with tumor on his brain serenaded doctors using his guitar while undergoing a brain surgery.
Anthony Kulkamp Dias, a banker and a professional guitarist for 20 years, played his guitar while undergoing operation to allow doctors to see the areas of his brain that control movement, senses, and speech. Dias’ instrument playing prevented them from hitting those areas.
During his operation at the Nossa Senhora de Conceição Hospital in Santa Catarina, Dias played his original song “Emanuel”, The Beatles classic “Yesterday”, and several other Brazilian country songs.
Aside from playing the instrument, Dias also had to chat with doctors to prevent them from causing any injuries to areas that will affect important functions in his brain.
Although the surgery which involved cerebral monitoring during the procedure was challenging for the team of doctors, the operation proved to be a success.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Dr Jean Abreu Machado explained: “Keeping the patient awake during surgery, these areas can be monitored in real time. A kind of mapping of important areas can be done. It really is a great challenge for the whole surgery team, including the anaesthetist.”
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Man Fiddles Violin During Surgery
Last year, concert violinist Roger Frisch made headlines after playing his violin while undergoing surgery to help doctors locate the exact place in his brain where they should place an implant.
A concert master with the Minnesota Orchestra, Frisch was diagnosed with essential tremors in 2009 and had to undergo surgery. The doctors had to put a tiny electrode in his brain that would allow him to control his condition using a small device. With just a push of a button, Frisch can easily turn his tremor off.
Frisch was able to play in a full-length sextet performance three weeks after his operation.