Beatles fan plays guitar while undergoing brain tumour surgery
A Brazilian bank worker who was kept conscious during a brain tumour surgery entertained surgeons with songs on his guitar.
Brazilian bank worker Anthony Kulkamp Dias, 33, who was kept conscious during the operation, entertained surgeons with songs from the Fab Four and Brazilian folk songs.
The patient, who had been a professional guitarist for 20 years, played many songs during the nine-hour procedure on a guitar balanced on his stomach, while surgeons operated on him.
He was encouraged to play during surgery so doctors could monitor the areas of the brain relating to speech and motor coordination and ensure they were not damaged when the tumour was removed.
Dr Jean Abreu Machado, clinical director, said the procedure had been “challenging” for the whole surgery team, but particularly the anesthetist which had the job of keeping the patient awake and pain-free.
Mr Dias told Brazilian news website G1: “The doctors asked me to repeat one of the country songs so I even had an encore.”
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