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Awake brain surgery livestreamed on Facebook

Oct 31, 2019 17:45 IST

Doctors at the Methodist Dallas Medical Centre performed a brain surgery on a 25-year-old woman while she was awake and it was livestreamed on Facebook. Jenna Schardt had to undergo a procedure to remove a mass of blood vessels that was impacting her ability to speak and caused seizures. Thousands watched the procedure that lasted for about 45-minutes. Schardt used an ipad throughout the procedure to map out the parts of her brain that control speech and motor functions. The entire procedure was narrated by Dr. Nimesh Patel, the chief of neurosurgery at the center and she even took viewers' questions to make the livestream educational and help raise awareness.