Woman comes back after wide-awake brain surgery

 

Woman comes back after wide-awake brain surgery

Woman comes back after wide-awake brain surgery.

In this photo taken from July 2, 2012, Kim Bonnema undergoes surgery to remove two tumors _ one believed to be the cause of her epilepsy and the other the cause of weakness on her right side _ at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids Mich. The procedure, known as an awake craniotomy, was performed by Dr. Kost Elisevich. Bonnema was awake during the operation and was asked to speak and move her hand, so Elisevich could avoid damaging the parts of the brain that controlled different actions.