While doctors were operating on 60-years old Italian women’s left temporal lobe of her brain, she was busy stuffing olives. Reportedly in the course of her two and half-hour operation, she prepared 90 olives.
Awake brain surgery, as they call it, involves a patient in the full sense while doctors access the brain to operate. These kinds of operations are done to treat tumors on areas of the brain that affect movement and speech.
Patients are usually asked questions and engaged in different activities like watching cartoons and playing the violin, to help the surgeon inflict minimum damage to the healthy tissues, according to BBC.
Neurosurgeon Roberto Trignani told news agency Ansa that this procedure “allows us to monitor the patient while we work on their brain functions and to calibrate our action”. The left temporal lobe of the brain controls the right side of the body.
But no one ever stuffed olives on the operation theatre like this Italian woman in Italy’s Ancona’s Riuniti hospital. Neurosurgeons say the operation went “very well.”
What the women prepared in the operation table was a special dish made in the Marche region of central Italy involving pitted olives raped with a paste, coated in breadcrumbs, and then deep-fried.
(Cover image courtesy of Sanpellegrino Italian Sparkling Drinks via Pinterest)