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Minnesota Orchestra Violinist Fiddles During His own Brain Surgery

Updated: 08/18/2014 3:02 PM
Created: 08/18/2014 9:02 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

A violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra deserves a standing ovation for a performance where he played the violin during brain surgery.

Violinist Roger Frisch has performed around the world, but a tremor in his hand started preventing him from playing.

Doctors at Mayo Clinic used a technique called deep brain stimulation, where they inserted an electrode to stop the tremors.

Because the procedure is so precise, doctors kept Frisch awake and even performing so they could see exactly when they reached the source.

The operation was a success.

Frisch now uses a pacemaker to control the electrodes with the click of a button.


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