Doctors asked Abhishek Prasad to play the guitar during an operation on the brain so that they could understand the correctness of their actions. The operation is a long and boring process, so why not entertain yourself with music? That’s how it looked from the outside: the Indian Abhishek Prasad plays melodies, and the doctors work in his uncovered cranium.
The 37-year-old Prasad had a disease called Musician’s dystonia. This is a neurological disorder that causes the brain to send the wrong signals to the muscles, causing involuntary and sometimes painful spasms. It is caused by frequent repetition of the same movements of the hand, so it often strikes some musicians. According to statistics, 1-2% of all professional musicians suffer from dystonia.
Prasad is a guitar player and he experienced spasms of fingers that prevented him from playing. And then during the play, he could no longer move three fingers of his left hand.
“I thought that numbness was caused by constant practice,” Prasad says. – Then I started to take breaks, but it did not help. Doctors told me that it was supposedly muscle fatigue, and I was prescribed analgesics, vitamins, antibiotics, plus recommended physical therapy. ” And a little later he was diagnosed correctly. Surgeons offered surgery on the brain and warned Prasad that during the operation he would be conscious.
“I was frightened,” the musician admits. “But my attending physician supported me and encouraged me.”
The doctors administered a decent dose of local anesthesia to him. Then they made an MRI to determine how far they would have to go deeper into the brain, and then insert the electrodes to “correct the circuit”. Prasad perfectly remembers everything, but says that there was no pain whatsoever. He only felt, “as if the generator was turned on during the operation process.”
Doctors asked Prasad to play guitar when they “brazed” the chain in the brain. “On the sixth” spike “my fingers come to life, – says Prasad. “I was lying on the table and I felt like a healthy person.”
A week after the intervention in the brain (July 13), Prasad feels great, apart from some weakness in his left leg and arm. This kind of “live brain surgery” is an important stage of development in Indian medicine, although it is in principle not new and widely used all over the world.
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