You Wouldn’t Believe That This Happened During Surgeries
Surgery – a word that causes stress and fear to a patient no matter how serious or less serious the take is. Even though doctors and nurses are doing everything to ensure their patients to relax and trust them, sometimes that is not enough. The following cases are odd, insane, funny and pretty radical. This is what happened during some surgeries.
1 The violinist played on her violin during her own brain surgery
This is surreal, crazy and seems like can only happen in a movie. Violinist Naomi Elishuv gave her surgeons their own private concert as they operated on her brain. Elishuv was a violinist in the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, but two decades ago she was diagnosed with essential tremor and was forced to stop playing. On September 9, 2014, Elishuv was operated on at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center to suppress her tremor symptoms. Surgeons inserted a pacemaker into the affected area of Elishuv’s brain to regulate her tremors through electric impulses.
According to the hospital’s director of functional neurosurgery, Yitzhak Fried, she was asked to play during the procedure because he and other doctors needed Elishuv’s “active participation in real-time” to implant the pacemaker. “When we activated the stimulation in the exact location, we found that the tremor had disappeared, and Elishuv continued to play Mozart with great emotion, but without the tremor or side effects,” said Fried. So amazing!
2 The Hospital that was live
Tweeting during a brain surgeries and was posting photos of the surgery – On May 9, 2012, Houston’s Memorial Hermann hospital live-tweeted a brain operation which was performed by a leading surgeon in the field, Dr. Dong Kim. The patient, who was not identified, discovered the tumor after suffering a seizure. Kim and his surgical team used a set of computer-assisted technologies to identify the entry point and the precise location of the tumor in the patient’s brain. Finally, the team replaced the skull bone and completed the surgery. In the meantime, a social media team that included another neurosurgeon was sitting in an adjacent room answering questions on Twitter and posting photos and videos throughout the procedure. If you happen to follow them on Twitter, you have probably seen those twits and the photos they have posted. If you don’t, it looked like this.
3 The doctor who was sending intimate texts while he was on a surgery
Have you wonder what the doctors do while you are asleep? What the surgeon does? Probably cuts you. What the anesthesiologist does? Well… While of them most are monitoring your vitals, some appear to be sending intimate texts. In 2014, Seattle medical authorities suspended the license of an anesthesiologist for allegedly sending explicit “selfies” and exchanging intimate text messages during surgeries. The findings against 47-year-old Arthur K. Zilberstein detail nearly 250 text messages with explicit content he exchanged during procedures which included Cesarean deliveries, pediatric appendectomies, epidurals, tubal ligations and cardiac probe insertions. During a cardiac probe insertion procedure, he allegedly exchanged 26 text messages “including explicit comments,” and was also accused of looking at private medical records for his own sexual gratification. Oh dear…
4 The Singer who sang during her throat surgery
Alama Kante wanted to be sure that doctors did no harm to her vocal cords, so she sang through her throat surgery in France.
Recognizing that any damage to vocal cords and important nerves by the tube, and during the tumor extraction itself, could truncate Kante’s singing range, her doctor opted for medical hypnosis instead of an anesthetic to allow the patient to remain awake and responsive during the procedure. Dr. Gilles Dhonneur, head of anesthesiology at the Henri-Mondor de Cretail Hospital outside Paris, had been perfecting the technique of medical hypnosis for two years. In April 2014, Alama, who is from Guinea and specializes in traditional African songs, revealed the operation to the public more than two months after it took place and said she was fully healed.
5 The doctor who carved his initials on a patient’s stomach
Dr. Alan Zarkin was so proud of the caesarian section he performed on his patient that he finished the job by carving his initials on her stomach. Perhaps he was a bit confused that he was a painter. The patient said that she felt like a branded animal. The carving of course left a scar. She sued the hospital and the doctor, who was appropriately nicknamed “Dr. Zorro” and allegedly she won, getting $5.5 million in damages.