|9:15 a.m. - Dr. Robert Iacono, center, goes over an MRI-generated
computer image of Tim's brain and talks to other surgeons about
the path they will take to the pallidum, where they will make
two small lesions in hopes of easing Tim's symptoms.
Not a particularly strong photo
but one that is necessary to the story, illustrating the technical
aspect of the surgery. Up until a week or so before the big day
we had permission to shoot in the operating room, until a local
television station asked for the same. Loma Linda then denied
our permission reasoning, correctly, that they could not grant
one form of media access and not the other. Still, the folks
at the medical center were very cooperative and they gave us
great access to their facility. We got to see all of the process
up to surgery as well as sit in on the planning discussions.
It was very enlightening.