Violinist who played Motzart during her own brain surgery recovering well

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Naomi Elishuv made headlines earlier this year when she underwent brain surgery while simultaneously playing the violin. Now, the music teacher is recovering well and back to playing her instrument.

Doctors said she is recovering impressively, and they’re hoping the device implanted into her brain, known as deep brain stimulation (DBS), can soon be used for other treatments.

In Elishuy’s first interview post-surgery, CCTV America’s Roee Ruttenberg reports from Tel Aviv.

Israeli violinist who played in brain surgery recovers well

An Israeli woman, Naomi Elishuv, who made headlines earlier this year, when she underwent brain surgery while simultaneously playing the violin, is back to playing her instrument. Doctors said the music teach is recovering impressively, and they're hoping the device implanted into her brain, known as deep brain stimulation (DBS), can soon be used for other treatments. CCTV America's Roee Ruttenberg reports from Tel Aviv.

Prior to the surgery, Elishuv had suffered for 20 years from a hand tremor, which eventually forced her to resign from the Lithuanian National Orchestra.

Elishuv decided to risk the operation because she wanted to continue her career.

“They have to give you warnings, like with every surgery. But I didn’t want to listen. My daughter was against it. Obviously, she was scared. But I wasn’t,” Elishuv said.

Neurosurgeon Itzhak Fried implanted two electrodes into Elishuv’s brain.

“The stimulation is done at a very precise point, which is about seven centimeters deep in the brain. And, you really have to make sure that you are at the correct point. There is really no room for error here,” said Itzhak.

Elishuv said watching video of her surgery is hard because it brings back memories, but at same time, she feels amazed that medical treatment is so advanced.

As a result of the surgery, Elishuv can now lead a more normal life. Besides playing the violin, she can once again cut tomatoes and make tea.

Story compiled with information from CCTV News.