Parkinson’s brain surgery to broadcast on live T.V.

Art Caplan discusses medical ethics and National Geographic live brain surgery

WASHINGTON —An Ohio man will undergo brain surgery Sunday night – live on national television.

Brain Surgery Live with Mental Floss will air Sunday at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. It’s the first time for a brain surgery to be broadcast live in the U.S.

The patient is a 49-year-old Ohio electrician named Greg Grindley. The procedure, known as deep brain stimulation, is intended to ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, which freezes his face and makes his hands tremble.

Grindley will be awake during the surgery, and his reactions will help guide the surgeons as they thread four electrodes deep into his brain.

The doctors involved say the surgery is a common one, and televising it won’t pose any extra risk.

They say it will help raise awareness about the procedure and hopefully help patients who are suffering.

Doctors will answer questions from viewers during the broadcast.

You can join in on the discussion using the hashtag #brainsurgerylive on Twitter.

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