Back in February, doctors from the Memorial Hermann Medical Center in Texas tweeted a blow-by-blow account of a double bypass operation. Today, doctors from the neuroscience division of the same hospital are live tweeting a brain surgery on a 21-year-old woman in an effort to raise awareness about brain tumors.
The operation headed by the chief of neurosurgery and director of the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann, Dr. Dong Kim, will remove a cavernous angioma tumor from the young woman's head. Preparations for the surgery, which you can watch in the video above, began at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. The whole procedure will last for four hours, with the team tweeting events as they happen, along with pictures and even videos taken right within the operating room (OR).
Roughly 190,000 people per year are diagnosed with brain tumors in the United States alone. According to Dr. Kim, the reason why they're live tweeting the surgery is to "educate the general public about brain tumors and take them into the OR to see what happens during a brain surgery. Someone may have a loved one who is considering a similar procedure and perhaps they can glean some information from this Twittercast that may help them make a decision about whether surgery is the right choice for them."
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