Violinist Performs During Her Brain Surgery

Richard Cazeau
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Diagnosed with essential tremor 20 years ago, classical violinist Naomi Elishuv would shake uncontrollably while she played her string instrument. Essential tremor is a disorder that affects the nervous system and causes rhythmic shaking. Unfortunately, over time the rate of tremors increased to the point that they interfered with her ability to perform, forcing the musician to quit her job playing for the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra.

On a brighter note, Elishuv on Tuesday had brain surgery in Israel to suppress her tremors, and the unusual medical operation was captured on video and posted online. During the procedure, surgeons inserted electrodes into her brain that produce impulses, which help to suppress her shakes. To ensure the electrodes were positioned properly and that the operation was progressing in the right direction, Elishuv was kept conscious but under a local anesthetic. The operating staff also asked her to play her beloved violin. Her music of choice was a piece by Mozart. Evidence of the surgery's success can be seen in the video, which shows a tremor-free professional violinist.

In 2013, recording artist Brad Carter was awake during his similar surgery and played acoustic guitar. His surgery was a major success, with glowing results online as Carter's documented surgery went viral on Vine, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.