Man from Birmingham who had brain surgery whilst listening to One Direction training for marathon

Matthew Stride Credit: Matthew Stride

A man from Birmingham is planning to make the most of whatever time he has left after undergoing brain surgery while fully conscious.

Matthew Stride from Solihull hit the headlines after details of his operation in January, where he chose to remain awake throughout the procedure.

Doctors said it would lessen the possibility of him being paralysed and so he was allowed to pick a few favourite tracks to get him through.

He choose one of his favourite bands One Direction but according to Matthew they weren't his first choice:

As well as carrying lower risk of brain damage, awake craniotomies are associated with faster recovery.

Though his tumour is incurable, he's staying optimistic and even plans to run the London Marathon next year.

He says the support from the people around him has been fantastic.

Matthew is now busy raising money for Brain Tumour Research alongside his girlfriend Sarah.

To follow his progress head to his fundraising page.

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