Man strums guitar through brain surgery in India

A 37-year-old man in India's technology hub, Bengaluru, strummed a guitar in the operation theatre on Thursday (July 20) to give the doctors constant feedback as they made burns in his brain to treat a rare neurological disorder.

Abhishek Prasad suffered from musician's or guitarist's dystonia, which causes involuntary and painful spasms of muscles.

Prasad's condition caused cramps in three fingers of his left hand every time he played the guitar.

The techie-turned-musician was fully awake during his seven-hour-long brain circuit surgery at a private hospital and playing the guitar to help the surgeons detect the problem areas.

Prasad first experienced the spasms almost two years ago while he was playing a guitar, following which he consulted many doctors.

However, the correct diagnosis of his condition came about only after over a year.

Prasad's condition was peculiar as his MRI, CT scan and blood tests showed nothing wrong, said his neurosurgeon Dr. Sharan Srinivasan. Dr. Srinivasan added that Prasad's fingers would get stuck as his brain circuits were malfired.

Reportedly, the doctors drilled a 14 mm hole in Prasad's head and burned the parts of his brain which triggered the spasms.

Prasad, who quit his job to pursue the dream of becoming a musician in 2012, is cured now and hopes to release his first music album in a year's time.

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