A Seattle teen sings the praises of doctors who allow her sing during brain surgery.
19 year old Musician, Kira Iaconetti, sang Weezer’s Island in the Sun” because it reminded her of her birthplace, Hawaii and the line “I cant control my brain”.
She feared that she wont be able to sing again due to doctor’s diagnosis of her having a form of epilepsy that triggered seizures when she listened or performed music.
Laconetti told Inside Edition “It just [felt] like a light switch switches in my brain and suddenly I’m tone deaf. I can’t sing. I can’t process the words in time with the music,”
Kira has been performing musical theater since she was a child and has ambitions of making it a career.
Dr. Jason Hauptman, a neurosurgeon at Seattle Children’s Hospital, decided to perform an awake craniotomy, under which she was put on anesthesia but kept awake during the surgery so she could sing to kindle the part of the brain that centers on musical abilities.
Hauptman told People.com “Our focus was not only on taking care of the tumor but making her life better. We wanted to preserve the things she cares about, like her passion for pursuing a career in musical theater,”
After the removal of the tumor, Kira was put back to sleep so the doctors could finish the surgery.
According to a blog on the Hospitals website, she was seen playing guitar and singing in her hospital bed 48 hours after the operation.
In her words after the surgery, “My biggest fear before the surgery was that the seizures would get in the way of performing. Now, I want to get back to the stage, to performing as soon as I can.”