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Woman Plays The Flute In The Middle Of Major Brain Surgery [WATCH]

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| March 29 , 2018 , 17:14 IST

Brain surgeries are dangerous and delicate but since there are no pain receptors in the brain, they are generally performed while the patient is awake. In the case of Anna Henry, who is a professional flute player, she performed on the flute while she was undergoing major brain surgery at a hospital in Texas.

Anna suffers from a hereditary condition that causes hand tremors, affecting her ability to play the flute. While she had been dealing with the tremors since childhood, she said to KHOU that they had gotten progressively worse in recent years and were affecting her ability to play the flute.

"I can fight it, but I'm tired of doing it. And it is getting worse. I know it's a matter of either admitting I can't do it anymore, or doing this (surgery) so that I can," she said.

In a bid to reduce the hand tremors, doctors at the Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas on Tuesday performed a deep brain stimulation procedure, often used to treat people suffering from Parkinson's disease.

The procedure involves planting of electrodes in the brain and so Anna was required to stay awake so that the doctors could test whether the electrodes were working. Not only staying awake, Anna played the flute during the brain surgery so she could test out the placement of electrodes while the doctors could still adjust them.

A hospital staff member took a video of the performance, which has since then gone viral.

Watch below: