He went through brain surgery - awake

The Straits Times Video was granted exclusive access to document an awake surgery, where doctors removed a brain tumour from patient Oh Zhi Long while he was still conscious.
Mr Oh discovered by accident that he had a brain tumour in March 2017. He was awake during the operation as surgeons removed a cancerous growth from his brain.
Mr Oh discovered by accident that he had a brain tumour in March 2017. He was awake during the operation as surgeons removed a cancerous growth from his brain.ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN
About four hours after he was first wheeled into the operating theatre, the growth was finally removed from Mr Oh's brain. He was even able to move himself onto the hospital bed that was later wheeled into the recovery ward.
About four hours after he was first wheeled into the operating theatre, the growth was finally removed from Mr Oh's brain. He was even able to move himself onto the hospital bed that was later wheeled into the recovery ward.ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN
Mr Oh at a follow-up clinic consultation for the removal of his stitches at the National Neuroscience Institute on April 5, 2017.
Mr Oh at a follow-up clinic consultation for the removal of his stitches at the National Neuroscience Institute on April 5, 2017.ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN

Mr Oh Zhi Long, 32, discovered by accident that he had a brain tumour. Less than a week later, he lay awake in the operating theatre as surgeons removed a cancerous growth from his brain. Mr Oh and the National Neuroscience Institute gave The Straits Times exclusive access to the operation. Science editor Chang Ai-Lien, deputy picture editor Wang Hui Fen and multimedia journalist Basil Edward Teo documented this remarkable surgery and tracked his year-long journey to recovery.

SINGAPORE - He lies in the operating theatre, still and seemingly asleep.

Part of his head is behind a transparent curtain. From behind, his skull has been sawn open and neurosurgeon Ng Wai Hoe begins the delicate process of removing a walnut-sized tumour from the deep recesses of his brain.

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