Woman plays flute during her brain surgery at Houston hospital

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A patient at a Texas hospital has managed to play the flute for doctors while she was undergoing major brain surgery.

Anna Henry, who is a professional flute player, was wide awake when doctors operated on her at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston on Tuesday.   

She suffers from a hereditary condition that causes hand tremors, which can affect her ability to play the flute.

Doctors performed a deep brain stimulation procedure, which involves planting electrodes, in a bid to help reduce the tremors.

Henry needed to remain awake so doctors could test if the electrodes were working.

She played the flute mid-surgery to test her abilities.

In a video shot by a hospital staff member, doctors and nurses can be seen applauding for Henry when she finishes playing.

Henry told KHOU that she had been dealing with tremors since she was a girl but it had progressively gotten worse in recent years and started to affect her music.

‘I can fight it, but I’m tired of doing it. And it is getting worse. I know it’s a matter of either admitting I can’t do it anymore, or doing this (surgery) so that I can,’ she said.

‘I’m just very grateful there’s this opportunity to do something about it.’

The deep brain stimulation procedure Henry underwent is often used to treat people with Parkinson’s Disease.

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