A patient undergoing brain surgery at University of California – Los Angeles medical center plays the guitar in the operating room as the procedure was live tweeted.
A patient at University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) stole the spotlight when he was video taped playing the guitar while undergoing brain surgery.
Brad Carter, a 39-year-old actor and musician in Los Angeles, was undergoing a procedure to implant a brain pacemaker to help treat essential tremors – an involuntary shaking movement for which no cause can be identified.
The procedure with Carter’s help was turned into a public event.
The medical team posted live updates on Twitter during surgery as well as videos of Carter, who was awake during the procedure, testing his motor skills including playing a guitar.
Carter, who developed hand tremors in 2006, was looking forward to the benefits of the surgery.
[Brad Carter, Patient]: (english)
“My music is really important to me so I’m hoping that this will allow me to do that, to play guitar. I’m a finger picker. I want to record, I want to perform live again, I performed live for many years and I want to get back to that. I’ve just been putting it off, trying to figure out why this is happening. So hopefully this going to help that today.”
After the brain stimulation portion of the surgery, Carter’s dexterity on the guitar was much improved.
The operation was overseen by Dr. Nader Pouratian, the director the UCLA Functional and Movement Disorder Program.