"Yesterday" remains the world's most popular cover song, even during brain surgery

By Alex Heigl
Updated June 04, 2015 11:00 AM

Think you’re good at multitasking?

Anthony Kulkamp Dias, a 33-year-old bank worker from Brazil, underwent brain surgery at the Our Lady of Conception hospital in Tubarão recently, and, like a real overachiever, he played guitar the entire way through.

Dias played a selection of tunes that included the Beatles warhorse “Yesterday” (still the most popular cover song in the world, even during brain surgery), an original song called “Emanuel” he wrote for his son and several Brazilian country songs.

In a Facebook post about the procedure, the hospital said that surgeons were able to better map Dias’ brain activity if he continued to play during the operation.

“Keeping the patient awake during surgery, these areas can be monitored in real time. A kind of mapping of important areas can be done,” Dr. Jean Abreu Machado told the Daily Mail.

Last year, concert violinist Roger Frisch played his instrument throughout a procedure so that surgeons at the Mayo Clinic could see where to accurately implant an electrode in his brain to control a tremor impacting his playing.