Daniel Fine celebrated this 30th birthday in a hospital room with his life on the line. No one suspected he would have a brain tumor at age 29. To make matters worse, at the time of his diagnosis, Daniel was thousands of miles from home and needed a complex surgery.
Thankfully, these kinds of complex brain surgeries are what Dr. Manuel Ferreira, Jr., and his team at the UW Medicine Neurosciences Institute (NSI) are trained to do. “We’ve actually mapped the brain stem,” says Ferreira. “So, while the patient is asleep and anesthetized, we can stimulate different parts of the brain stem and the nerves that go in and out to get a road map of physiological function before we even touch the tumor.” Read the full story here.