Musician plays his GUITAR during a six-hour operation to remove a brain tumour
- Musa Manzini played while under the knife so his talent could be preserved
- Surgeon said it let him to ‘test regions of the brain before they were removed’
- Mr Manzini is recovering well and looking forward to recording another album
A musician played the guitar during a six-hour operation to remove a recurring brain tumour.
Musa Manzini, who has won awards in his native South Africa, showcased his musical abilities while under the knife so surgeons were better able to preserve his talent.
He can be seen plucking away at the instrument while lying on an operating table at the Chief Albert Luthuli hospital in Durban last week.
Dr Basil Enicker, who co-led the surgery, said that by playing the guitar the medics were able to ‘test regions of the brain before they were removed’. This enabled them to take out as much of the tumour as possible without causing damage.
Mr Manzini is recovering well and looking forward to recording another album.
Musician Musa Manzini played the guitar during an operation to take out his brain tumour. He is pictured on an operating table at the Chief Albert Luthuli hospital in Durban, South Africa, last week. The surgery enabled doctors to ‘test regions of the brain before they were removed’
Mr Manzini (pictured on stage before the surgery) is looking forward to recording a new album
Mr Manzini, who is married, underwent a craniotomy – surgery to cut open his skull to access the brain.
Speaking from his hospital bed yesterday, the musician told news24: ‘They put me to sleep and then drilled my skull open. Once my brain was exposed, I woke up and played my guitar.’
Dr Enicker, who led the surgery along with Dr Rohen Harrichandparsad, encouraged him to have the rare procedure so his finger movements could be monitored.
This enabled the doctors to avoid damaging the area of the brain that controls voluntary movements, known as the motor cortex, which can lead to speech problems and even paralysis.
The operation also enabled the medics to record the electrical activity of his brain via electrodes that were placed on the exposed surface.
Mr Manzini said the decision to stay awake and play the guitar during the surgery ‘took into consideration his career as a musician’.
Dr Enicker told IOL: ‘In this way, we can test regions of the brain before [the tumour is] removed. This allows for increased removal of the tumour, while minimising damage to the brain.’
Mr Manzini thanked the doctors, adding ‘the most important thing is to look forward to life and to appreciate life’.
His recurring tumour was first discovered during an MRI scan in 2006. Following an operation to remove it, the growth reappeared in 2008 and again last May.
Doctors put Mr Manzini to sleep and ‘drilled his skull open’ (surgeons are pictured left and right during the operation). Once his brain was exposed, the musician woke up and started playing
CAN YOU HAVE BRAIN SURGERY WHILE AWAKE?
Awake brain surgery, also known as awake craniotomy, is a type of operation that requires a person to be alert while under the knife.
An awake craniotomy may be carried out to treat a tumour in an area of the brain that controls vision, movement or speech.
It ensures the surgeon treats the correct area of the brain while lowering the risk of damage to the region that controls language, speech and motor skills.
It can be difficult to pinpoint these areas before surgery, while an awake operation allows a surgeon to know which areas of the brain controls these functions so they can be avoided.
The procedure starts by a patient taking medication that makes them sleepy, before numbing drugs are applied to the scalp.
The doctor will then remove part of the skull to reach the brain.
During the surgery, sedative medications are stopped to allow the patient to wake up.
The patient may then be asked questions, told to move, count or identify pictures off a card.
This helps the surgeon identify and avoid ‘functional’ areas of the brain.
Some of the risks include:
- Vision, speech or learning problems
- Memory loss
- Poor balance or co-ordination
- Leaking spinal fluid
- Weak muscles
Source: Mayo Clinic