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Man Plays Guitar During Brain Surgery and Makes Full Recovery in India

By - July 21, 2017
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These are the moments in our exclusive video below when an Indian musician strummed on his guitar during brain surgery to treat a minor condition where he was enduring painful muscle spasms in his hand.

Abhishek Prasad, from Bihar in India was fully awake during the operation procedure, and told Newsivity that surgeons asked him to strum his instrument to help them identify the exact problem areas in his brain.

“The doctor had told me i needed to get my guitar in the operation theatre. I needed to provide continuous feedback about how I was feeling during the operation,” Mr Prasad said.

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The former IT worker, from the southern city of Bengaluru, suffered from a disorder known as musician’s dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions.

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In Prasad’s case, his three fingers on his left hand would cramp up when he played the guitar and would cause issues especially when trying to hit certain notes on the instrument.

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Mr Prasad started experiencing the spasms a few years ago, but it took a year before he was diagnosed with the actual condition.

“So, it is a very peculiar problem because the MRI is normal, CT scan is normal, all blood tests are normal and it’s purely a clinical diagnosis.” Prasad told Newsivity.

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Before surgery, a special frame was fixed to his head with four screws going deep into the skull following which an MRI was also conducted.

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Dr Sharan Srinivasan / Newsivity India

Surgeons drilled a 14mm hole into his skull and used electrodes to burn the three target areas in the brain found to be triggering the abnormal tremors.

Mr Prasad was given a local anaesthetic and says he felt no pain during the surgery.

The 32-year-old who has since fully recovered from the muscle spasms, previously quit his IT job in 2012 to pursue his dream of becoming a musician. He and his family are grateful that the operation was successful and he is now hoping to release his first album in a year’s time.

Abhishek Prasad

Abhishek Prasad

And not a bad bit of publicity to get his name heard worldwide… and a suggestion for his upcoming album title could be: ‘The Miracle’ … or possibly just ‘Remarkable’

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Special Thanks to: Sandeep Kumar

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