Chennai girl plays Candy Crush while doctors remove her brain tumour

After the brain scan, it was revealed that she had a tumour in an important area of brain which controls the movement of the left half of the body, including face, hand and leg.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Sep 11, 2017, 20:44 PM IST
Chennai girl plays Candy Crush while doctors remove her brain tumour
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New Delhi: After a man in Bengaluru baffled the world by playing a guitar and another man in the US played the saxophone while undergoing surgery, a 10-year-old girl's brain in a Chennai hospital was being operated upon while she was playing Candy Crush game on cellphone.

As per a report published in Times of India, Nandini, a Class V student and a Bharatanatyam dancer, was brought to SIMS Hospital with complaints of sudden onset of fits.

After the brain scan, it was revealed that she had a tumour in an important area of brain which controls the movement of the left half of the body, including face, hand and leg.

While undergoing the surgery, she was playing her favourite Candy Crush game on her Uncle's cellphone that gave her doctors the confidence that they were on the right track.

The doctors decided to perform the surgery by keeping the patient awake and alert.

As per reports, while her parents were initially hesitant, the surgeons took the help of the patient's uncle in Puducherry, who is a doctor, to convince them.

"I was in the theatre when the removed the tumour. Nandini was playing Candy Crush on my cellphone. She moved her hands and legs when we asked her to do so. The surgeon had to make sure that the point he is operating on does not affect her mobility. She was brave," said her uncle.

The family told doctors that they were worried about the post-surgical stress but doctors said studies from medical literature showed that such surgeries were safe in children.

"It's rare in children, but we did have enough evidence," he said.