We now and then come across stories that become viral on social media platforms. But this time it is a little different. Hardly, you can imagine yourself watching live brain surgery on social media, but yes the video was watched by millions of Facebook users and it was a successful one.
Call us biased, but we Indians are extremely proud that the surgery was performed by an Indian origin doctor, Dr. Nimesh Patel. The incident happened at Methodist Dallas medical center in Texas, where the doctors live-streamed the brain surgery for the first time on Facebook, a social media platform.
Jenna Schardt, a 25-year-old patient has lost her ability to speak because she was facing some neurological issues. After doctors scanned her brain, they found that a mass of blood vessels was found in her brain that was causing this problem.
Jenna was awake during the surgery which went on for 45 minutes. According to the reports, it was done to test the brain function without affecting or harming crucial cognitive functions.
The live video has garnered more than 45,000 views and post is flooded with comments. Keeping in mind, Facebook’s policies, the doctors didn’t shoot the bloody side. A blue fabric was used to cover her head and the doctors were operating behind it.
In the video, Jenna is seen smiling and helping doctors to understand the status of her body functions. Medical technicians showed a screen to her that flashed numbers, colors and animals to keep a track of what Jenna spoke throughout the process. In the video, Jenna is seen smiling and helping doctors to understand the status of her body functions.
Chief of Neurosurgery, Nimesh Patel, performed the surgery and he also shared his experience during the Facebook Live. He said in a statement, “We struggled with the idea of doing a Facebook Live brain surgery, but because Jenna was so forthcoming and she wanted to show the rest of the community if you have this problem you can fix it, she was a role model for us and we supported her because of that.”
While attaching the skull back, in the end, the doctors mentioned in the video that the procedure was ‘close to perfection’. Currently, Jenna is recovering in the hospital and in a few days, she will be discharged.