Waking Up During Brain Surgery

Samuel Reason | March 5th, 2019

One unlucky teenager happened to wake up during her own brain surgery and ask the surgeon how it was going. Iga Jasica, a 19-year-old teenager from Poland, was halfway through an intensive brain surgery when she woke up & asked the surgeon how it was going.


While her skull was open on the table and half of her brain was exposed, Iga Jasica, calmly talked to the surgeons about cats and how her surgery was going. Of course, she was not able to feel or see anything but was able to still talk without any pain. This was a complicated brain surgery to remove a cancerous growth from the inside of her head that took place in the Central Clinical Hospital of Katowice, a city in Southwest Poland.

The top part of her skull had been removed by expert neurosurgeons and they were actually right in the middle of removing the cancerous growth when she suddenly woke up. Luckily Jasica did not panic at all, which could have severely damaged her chances of recovering.

The medical staff at Katowice are not really sure why she woke up so suddenly, but she could not actually feel anything that the surgeons were doing. Doctors have floated the idea that the surgery itself on the brain could have triggered some neurons that cause the body to wake up no matter what, however, the chances seem slim that this was the cause. Investigators are concentrating on the anesthetic which they believe could have been administered wrong.

This case is extremely unusual and would even be classed as rare, patients do not come round during surgery, especially not when their brain is exposed. Even though she was conscious, Miss Jasica has stated that she cannot really remember anything. In any case, the operation was a success and Miss Jasica has been feeling great ever since.

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