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OKLAHOMA CITY - Neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Sughrue is utilizing a cutting-edge technique for brain surgery where the patient is wide-awake.

In fact, the patient actually talks to the surgeon while they operate on their brain.

About two months ago, Cashion carpenter Jim Milot found out the cause of his debilitating headaches was a cancerous brain tumor.

The mass in his head, known as a Glioblastoma, was so close to the essential functions of life most surgeons would have refused to operate.

Dr. Sughrue took the case.

Milot is the latest patient to undergo awake brain surgery at OU Medical Center.

He is the first to play his mandolin during the brain surgery.

It's a risky surgery with a huge reward to offer if all goes well.

But, one wrong move and Dr. Sughrue risks catastrophe. This type of surgery could leave Milot unable to walk, talk or remember who he is.

Tuesday at 10 p.m. on NewsChannel 4, Ali Meyer explains why the surgeon needs to keep Jim Milot awake, and what happened during the craniotomy that made Dr. Sughrue stop the procedure.

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