Musician Plays Guitar While Having an Operation On His Brain

A musician who had a brain tumour was filmed playing his guitar while surgeons operated on him.

In the incredible clip, instrumentalist Musa Manzini, from South Africa, can be seen holding his guitar and plucking on the strings while on the operating table.


According to one of the doctors involved in the procedure, the patient needed to play the guitar in order to help guide the surgeons as they operated on his brain while trying to ‘preserve natural pathways’.

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For the successful operation – which is also known as ‘awake crainiotomy’ – Mr Manzini was only given local anaesthetic, at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban.

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During an ‘awake craniotomy’ it has been known for some doctors perform a procedure called cortical mapping, which involves stimulating the brain surface with a tiny electrical probe.

By doing this they aim to protect these pathways and if there are signs that things are changing surgeons are able to stop and reevaluate the situation.

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