Hospital streams brain surgery


A young woman in Texas who remained awake for her brain surgery was able to speak to doctors and viewers as her operation was being streamed live on Facebook.

They were removing a mass from Jenna Schardt’s brain during a 40-minute video of the operation that was live streamed Tuesday morning.

The 25-year-old patient had a stroke due to a mass of blood vessels in her left temporal lobe that was affecting her ability to talk, Methodist Dallas Medical Center head of neurology Nimesh Patel told AFP.

She remained awake as her skull was opened so that doctors could be sure they weren’t damaging the parts of her brain that control speech as they worked.

“In order for us to identify how to approach and remove the mass, we must determine areas that are safe,” Patel said.