On Tuesday morning, brain surgery of a young woman in Texas was performed by doctors which was live-streamed on Facebook. She was kept awake during her brain surgery and she was able to speak to doctors during the procedure.
By Wednesday, nearly 100,000 people had watched doctors removing mass from her brain during a 40-minute video of the operation that was live-streamed on Tuesday morning.
The 25-year-old patient named Jenna Schardt can be seen speaking with physicians on one side of a blue operating curtain while doctors in surgical masks work on her brain on the other side.
Methodist Dallas Medical Center head of neurology Nimesh Patel told reporters, a mass of blood vessels in her left temporal lobe that was affecting her ability to speak. In an extraordinary way, she remained awake as her skull was opened so that doctors could be sure they are not damaging any parts of her brain that control speech as they worked.
Mr. Partel further said she was asked to say words such as birds, dog or numbers in order to make a “map” of her brain. “In order for us to identify how to approach and remove the mass, we must determine areas that are safe,” Mr. Patel said.
During the four-and-a-half-hour surgery, they even asked Schardt about her dog to test her memory. “Brain surgery performed awake, although it is in our repertoire, is not routine,” he said. “It all depends on where the lesion is located and if the patient wants to be awake or asleep.”
Mr. Schardt is studying occupational therapy from Illinois. Mr. Patel said that She wanted to use the experience to educate the viewers through the live stream which was broadcasted on the hospital’s account.
Ms. Schardt is likely to get discharged from the hospital on Thursday morning. Doctors have performed awake brain surgery throughout the last couple of decades as a way to make sure patients maintain brain activity like in controlling speech or motor functions during the operations.
In 2016, a patient used to wore 3D virtual reality goggles during brain surgery for the first time to make sure visual function remained intact while doctors removed a cancerous tumor.