A 31 year old Guinean singer Alama Kante, resident in France sang through a throat surgery carried out on her using medical hypnosis in France to save losing her voice.
Alama who sings and performs traditional African songs in a bid to avoid cancer had to remove her thyroid glands whose cells had become enlarged in an unorthodox method.
The operation usually should be carried out under anesthesia with tube inserted down her throat but the doctor sensing that using that procedure could damage the vocal cords and other important nerves opted for medical hypnosis to allow the patient to remain awake and able to respond during the procedure.
“I remember (during surgery) this voice singing all the time, my voice going around in my head because I said to myself it is out of the question that I lose my voice,” Kante, who lives in France and is the niece of Guinean singer Mory Kante, she said
The head of anaesthesiology,Dr. Gilles Dhonneur at the Henri-Mondor de Cretail Hospital outside Paris, has been perfecting the technique of medical hypnosis for two years.
“The pain of such an operation is unbearable if you’re conscious,” Dhonneur told Le Parisian daily. “Only medical hypnosis would allow someone to tolerate such an ordeal.”