Students watch live brain surgery at Barrow Neurological Institute

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Dozens of Valley high school and middle school students witnessed live brain surgery Monday at Barrow Neurological Institute.

"What you are seeing today is the actual thing," Stephen Glassman said. "There is a patient who has given permission to be viewed during surgery."

The students are part of a group called Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research (SSBTR).

"Each and every year the surgery is absolutely eye-opening and absolutely amazing to watch," Glassman said.

The founder of the group said he's passionate about brain tumor surgery

"Parents should not bury their children and that's why I am so passionate about this to get as much money as we can raise each and every year to give to the National Brain Tumor Society, the Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix Children's Hospital and TGen," Glassman said.

And the young members of the group say they learn a lot from watching the real thing.

"To see it live and to talk to the surgeon while he's doing it is an amazing experience and you get to ask him questions and you just get to see it firsthand instead of just reading about it," Ester Yushuvayeva said.