Macon Native Plays Guitar During Brain Surgery | Families
by Chris Horne, 13WMAZ.com
- Macon native Brad Carter had a pacemaker implanted in his brain to treat hand tremors.
- It was the 500th time UCLA performed the treatment, but it was the first they live-tweeted.
- His story and the videos have made their way around the world.
If he looks familiar, that's probably because Brad Carter has been on "CSI: NY" and "The Mentalist" and "Dexter" and "True Blood."
But there's a good chance he'll be more famous now for his most recent screen work.
Carter's breakout role is as a patient. The entertainer, who hails from Macon, started having hand tremors in 2006. And last Thursday, he became the 500th person to have a pacemaker implanted at UCLA.
However, what makes this operation special is that Carter was awake and playing the guitar during the procedure.
As he recovers at his California home, Carter tells 13WMAZ he's watched as his story has traveled around the world.
A spokesperson for UCLA Health System told the Los Angeles Times they decided to "live tweet" the treatment to "get the word out..."
Carter's surgery was the first the hospital live-tweeted.
In the videos, his guitar playing actually improves as the treatment continues.