An Indian musician who was suffering from a neurological disorder was made to strum his guitar after Doctors told him to be awake and performing his music to pin-point the exact problem area in his brain during surgery.
The 37-year-old Abhishek Prasa, a techie-turned-musician played the instrument on the operation table even as surgeons ‘burned’ his brain to correct a neurological disorder called musician’s dystonia.
According to Times of India, the surgery which with was performed at the Bangaluru’s hospital lasted for 7-hours.
Surgeons drilled into his skull under anaesthetic and attached an electrode that allowed them to pinpoint where in the brain needed “burning” to cure the rare nerve disorder.
“During this entire surgery Abhishek was fully awake and was playing the guitar, since this problem only comes when he tries to play,” Dr. Sharan Srinivasan said in a statement Thursday.
“This feedback was very important for the doctors to get the exact location of the target to be lesioned, ‘he added.
Prasad who before the surgery said the disorder caused his fingers to cramp in one hand, preventing him from strumming properly, described the procedure ‘more dexterous’.
“I was amazed to see my fingers improve magically on the operation table itself. By the end of the surgery, my fingers were 100 percent cured and I could move them like before,” he told the Times of India newspaper.
Prasad had stitches removed Thursday in the hospital, where he thanked doctors and played a few tunes to demonstrate how well he had recovered.
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