- A 60-year-old woman has successfully gone through brain surgery while preparing olives during the process
- The patient was asked to perform the task during the operation so major damage to her brain tissue could be prevented
- Roberto Trignani, one of the medical team that carried out the operation, said that in one of the surgeries he did, a patient was asked to watch cartoons
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A 60-year-old woman has just done what nobody has ever achieved during a brain tumour operation. The Italian woman prepared olives during the two-and-half-hour procedure.
The neurosurgeon at Ancona’s Riuniti hospital said that the operation which involved the removal of tumour from her left temporal lobe “went very well”. BBC reports that the patient prepared 90 olives in a period of one hour.
The kind of operation she went through is called awake brain surgery and is carried out to treat some brain conditions that affect the part of the brain responsible for speech, movement and vision.
In helping the surgeon so that he did not damage major brain tissue, the patient could be told to carry out an activity or asked questions during the operation.
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Neurosurgeon Roberto Trignani said that the method of engaging the patient in an activity allows them “to monitor the patient while” they “work on their brain functions and to calibrate their action”.
Doctor Trignani, also part of the team of 11 staff during the operation, has carried out 60 other awake operations in recent years. It should be noted that a patient had once been asked to watch cartoons.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that a patient at King's College Hospital in London played the violin while surgeons operated on her brain to remove a tumour.
The hospital said the unusual approach was to ensure that areas of Dagmar Turner’s brain that control delicate hand movement and coordination were not inadvertently damaged.
According to a report by BBC, the 53-year-old violinist was diagnosed in 2013 with a large, slow-growing glioma after suffering a seizure during a symphony.
“Dagmar’s tumour was located in the right frontal lobe of her brain, close to an area that controls the fine movement of her left hand.
“Precise and skilled use of this hand is essential for playing the violin as the fingers regulate the length of the strings by holding them against the fingerboard, producing different pitches," the hospital said.
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