A Brazilian bank worker undergoing brain surgery has serenaded the team of surgeons operating on him with a Beatles classic.
Anthony Kulkamp Dias, 33, played his guitar and sang ‘Yesterday’ as well as Brazilian country tunes and a song he penned for his newborn son while having a tumour removed from his brain earlier this week, Globo reports.
A video shot by one of the medical team shows the Mr Dias strumming away at an acoustic guitar resting on his stomach as he somewhat ironically sings, “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away”.
“I played six songs at certain times,” he said.
“My right hand was a bit weaker because that was the side that they were operating on. So I stopped and rested. I was interspersing songs and talking with them.”
The tumour was discovered 15 days after Mr Dias’s son was born a few months ago. The bank worker said the affliction had left him stammering and unable to say certain words.
A spokesman from the Nossa Senhora da Conceição hospital in Santa Catarina, where the surgery was done said Mr Dias’s performance surprised everyone.
But behind the seemingly bizarre scene there is a medical explanation, with the doctors keeping Mr Dias awake to conduct “cerebral monitoring”, which the spokesman said is “important to prevent injuries that occur in the sensory, motor and speech areas of the brain.
Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino, who lectures in the Department of Anatomy and Pathology at the University of Adelaide said patients are sometimes kept conscious during brain surgery so doctors know what function they might be affecting as patients go under the knife.
She cites the example of deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s patients.
“During deep brain stimulation you need to go into deep structures of the brain to have that be effective for preventing things like tremors,” she told ninemsn.
“While you go down deep into the brain you are going to affect things above those structures.”
A patient who is conscious can provide doctors with realtime feedback about how the surgery is affecting them.
Surgeons can gain further insight into what the patient is experiencing by having them perform very basic cognitive and motor testing.
“You might ask someone to count backwards from ten or do another simple procedure,” she said.
“Surgeons might also ask people what they feel. ‘Do you feel any tingling in your fingertips’ et cetera.
“The patient can tell you what they are experiencing as the structures are being affected and that allows surgeons to have a good idea of what is going on in the brain.”
Dr Collins-Praino said that such procedures would also be relatively painless as the brain itself has no pain receptors.
The surgery on Mr Dias was successful and he was reportedly discharged yesterday.
Source: Martin Zavan, 9News