Brain surgery streamed on Twitter

May 9, 2012 1:49:46 PM PDT
If you haven't seen it, it really is incredible. Some of the surgery footage is graphic, but that was the intention of this project, to show you the real thing and to give you an inside look at the human brain.

Earlier Wednesday morning, doctors at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Texas were getting the operating room ready for a brain operation that's about to be broadcast live in real time via twitter.

"We thought this would be a good educational opportunity," said Dr. Dong Kim.

Dr. Kim operated on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, reconstructing her skull and placing a shunt

"There's a lot of mystery to people to as to what brain surgery is," he said.

Throughout the morning up to 14 million people from Australia to Argentina followed the tweets with play by play photos, and video clips of the OR action.

First doctors removed a small piece of the skull. Then they carefully removed a small benign brain tumor called an Angioma.

The patient, a 21-year-old woman, was willing to be broadcast, but chose to remain anonymous.

The patient presented with seizures and Dr. Kim was hoping the surgery would rid her of them.

If you missed any of the surgery, you can check out the archive on Twitter, @houstonhospital and #MHbrain.


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