Musician plays guitar during brain surgery in South Africa

A South African musician with a brain tumour played several notes on his guitar recently while undergoing a successful operation to remove the majority of the growth.

Musa Manzini was given local anaesthetic during what doctors call an awake craniotomy at Inkosi Albert Luthuli hospital in Durban.

Manzini’s strumming helped let the medical team know that their patient was doing well, said one of the neurosurgeons, Dr Rohen Harrichandparsad.

“It increased the margin of safety for us, in that we could have real-time feedback on what we were doing,” Harrichandparsad said.

The procedure is not uncommon and there have been other cases in of musicians playing an instrument or singing during similar operations.