While Undergoing Brain Surgery, Patient Plays Her Flute

April 5, 2018

The delicate notes of a flute filled the air of an operating room at a Houston hospital last Tuesday. While playing music during a surgery isn’t unusual, this song wasn’t being piped through a speaker system.

Anna Henry’s performance was part of a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation, according to TMC News, Texas Medical Center’s news outlet. The surgery involves inserting tiny electrodes in the brain, which deliver a constant electric current that can significantly reduce symptoms of conditions such as essential tremor or Parkinson’s disease.

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