Musician sings and plays guitar during brain surgery
The patient and singer Reginaldo Oliveira Santos Junior, who uses the stage name Felipe Reis, 31, had to sing and play the guitar during a procedure to remove part of a brain tumor at the Barretos Cancer Hospital in São Paulo.
The musician has worked with music for about 13 years, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor about 18 months ago, which affected affects the motor part and speech. Due to the problem, he should undergo surgery as soon as possible.
The doctor responsible for Reginaldo's surgery, the neurosurgeon Carlos Afonso Clara, said that having an agreed-on patient surgery is not something new in the Hospital de Cancer de Barretos. However, this was the first time that the patient undergoing surgery had to sing and play the guitar during the procedure.
At the beginning of the surgery, Reginaldo was sedated so he would not feel pain at more sensitive points in the brain. Hours later, the doctors reversed the effects of the anesthesia and the patient started to move his fingers and talk.
While he interacted (talking, singing and playing guitar) with part of the medical team, other professionals watched the parts of the brain that were activated and therefore could not be tampered with to compromise the patient's functions.
The technique is already used in several places around the world, allowing the surgeon to stimulate the brain by identifying areas called eloquent, region with the function for motor and speech. In this way, doctors are able to know which areas of the brain should be kept untouched during the surgical process and from where they can remove the tumor.
The agreed upon patient method aims to preserve functions so that it can have quality of life after surgery, decreasing the chances of sequelae. However, the surgeons did not remove all the tumor from the musician's brain, the material that was left untouched will be treated with chemotherapy.
The operation was successfully performed and Reginaldo now recovers in the hospital until he can return home. Check the video of the moment the patient sings and plays the guitar:
Patient sings and plays the guitar during neurological surgery
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