Touching footage from hospital reveals man playing guitar while undergoing brain surgery

Oyin Balogun
Dec 26, 2018
09:18 P.M.

Musa Manzini, a famous South African jazz musician, played his guitar as he underwent awake brain surgery; it was a touching sight.


From the application of soothing reliefs, the jolting of memories, to the taming of snakes, music has contributed amazingly to the human race.Music is recommended medically in cases where patients are comatose; there is usually a third party in play, helping with the sound creation.In this clip, Musa played the guitar himself while doctors operate on his brain.

Follow us on our Twitter account @amomama_usa to learn more.


The jazz star was being treated for a brain tumor, and therefore had to be kept awake during his craniotomy at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban. Albeit, he was given local anesthetic; in the course of the surgery, Manzini was required to play the guitar as it helped the medical team in their delicate task.

Another reason was so they could test Manzini's ability to continue producing music which requires a complex interaction of pathways in the brain. Dr. Rohen Harrichand Prasad, one of the neurosurgeons who worked on Manzini said:


“it increased the margin of safety for us, in that we would have real-time feedback on what we were doing.

He was given his guitar towards the end of the six-hour surgery.Manzini himself ascertained the decision to perform an awake craniotomy; he confirmed to IOL, a South African news site that by playing the guitar, the doctors were able to preserve and restore his finger movement for his music career.


When asked how he felt during his surgery, Manzini replied:

"being in between general anesthesia and awake and hearing the sounds of a blow torch inside your brain... it's very difficult to concentrate."

Manzini's "music-to-the-rescue" case is not the first as another musician from India Abhishek Prasad was also asked to play the guitar on the operating table to help doctors treat involuntary muscle spasms in his fingers. The condition is commonly known as "Musician's Dystonia."


In November, a nineteen-year-old girl Laconetti sang her way through brain surgery at Seattle Children's Hospital so doctors could ensure important regions of her brain wasn't damaged thereby ruining her ability to sing. Another similar case was that of Effie, a ten-year-old girl from Columbus who survived brain surgery, scoliosis due to her faith.

Musa Manzini was confirmed to be healthy after the surgery by Dr. Basil Enicker, another doctor who operated on him as he asserted that he was doing fine at his home near Durban.Manzini plans on performing again once he fully recovers.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Loretta Lynn's Daughter to Undergo 'Critical Surgery' as She Battles 'Reoccurring' Illness

February 13, 2024

This Horse Trainer Is a Child Star’s Spouse: He Took Care of Her for 25 Years, despite Being Unable to Eat & Speak

February 11, 2024

What Happened to Robby Benson Who Hid His Heart Problem from His Colleagues in Fear of Hurting His Career?

January 29, 2024

Loretta Lynn’s Son Ernest Ray Underwent ‘Critical Surgery’ — Family Asks for Prayers

January 24, 2024

Janet Jackson Welcomed 'Adorable' Son at 50 & Mocked for Being 'Too Old' – Pics of Boy Who Is 6

December 08, 2023

Inside Charo's Elegant Home Where She Found Her Husband of 40 Years Dead: 'He Was an Amazing Man'

February 14, 2024

Why Olympic Legend Scott Hamilton, Dad of 4, Chose Not to Treat His Brain Tumor

February 22, 2024

Why Shannen Doherty Thought Her Procedures to Become Mom Contributed to Her Cancer

January 11, 2024

How Simon Cowell, Who Barely Recognized Himself Once, Would Look Today If He Never Used Fillers

December 12, 2023

Michael Jackson’s Nephew 'Has His Uncle down Pat' Dancing Like the King of Pop: ‘Brought Me to Tears’

December 09, 2023

Suspicious Wife Got into a Taxi and Offered Whatever Price for Following the Car – Story of the Day

October 30, 2023

Hockey Star Died on Ice at 29: Family Reveals They Saw His 'Horrific' Death on Livestream

November 01, 2023

Mom Wakes up from Coma to Have Her Heart Broken after Seeing How Much Her 3 Little Kids Have Grown

December 24, 2023

Mom Births Baby with Huge Life-Threatening Tongue — Tot Finally Smiles over a Year Later

November 11, 2023