I think we’ve all known some brain dead guitar players, but never a guitarist playing during brain surgery. That is exactly what Brad Carter did while undergoing a routine procedure. It was no publicity stunt however. As the video description explains:
Deep brian stimulation is a therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease. At UCLA, the patient is conscious during the surgery and is asked to perform tests so that doctors can ensure the pacemaker is properly placed. Carter’s disease made his hands shake and his eyes twitch, affecting his ability to play the guitar. He had asked that he be allowed to strum his guitar during the operation to see if the pacemaker improved his playing ability. (V)ideos from the surgery show Carter’s guitar skills get stronger as physicians located the best place to leave the pacemaker.
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