Advances In Neurosurgery Allow Young Woman To “Enjoy” Sean Paul’s Music Once Again

Jan 18th, 2008 // 10 Comments

sziget2005-sean_paul.jpg25-year-old Stacey Gayle suffered from seizures for four years at seemingly random intervals–and despite a full-on pharmaceutical assault, they couldn’t stop. Until one day in 2006, when she realized that one of the culprits was, in fact, the beat from Sean Paul’s “Temperature,” which was all over the radio at the time. Later on, she realized that other ubiquitous hits like “Umbrella” and “Beautiful Girls” also had the same effect, a development that would basically never allow her to leave her house again, what with those songs seemingly being piped into New York City’s air for much of the summer. So she went to her neurologist’s office, multiple copies of Now in tow, to see what could be done:

Tired of living in fear, she sought out Dr. Ashesh Mehta, a neurosurgeon and director of epilepsy surgery at the medical center.

Mehta said at first he was skeptical of Gayle’s claims.

“It’s extremely rare,” Mehta said of “musicogenic” epilepsy. “There are only 50 to 100 cases ever reported of this disorder.”

But he was convinced after Gayle gave herself a seizure by listening to Paul’s song.

On Oct. 3, doctors removed a 3-inch portion of her right front temporal lobe, the same area that processes music.

The operation worked. Gayle said she has returned to singing in her church choir and attending York College, where she is studying to become a teacher.

And now she likes “Temperature”! It’s a happy ending for everyone, except, of course, her friends who got sick of that song a year and a half ago.

Sean Paul song gave her seizures [NYDN; HT Jon Solomon]

  1. LingeringBursitis

    Did you read/get a copy of Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks? Lots of stories like this… my only regret in this particular case is that the Surgeon General couldn’t step in and end Paul’s music career.

  2. Dick Laurent is dead.

    Why operate on her? Uncontrollable seizures caused by music that ends up on Now comps…sounds like a perfectly natural response to me.

  3. Roy Keane

    I have sympathy for Stacey Gayle. I once listened to Daughtry and got ear cancer.

  4. FionaScrapple

    @Roy Keane:

    I come down with priapism every time I listen to Fiona Apple.

  5. Roy Keane

    @FionaScrapple: I swear to God, I wrote a post about having a “priapism”, but I couldn’t think of an artist who would give me one, so I went with ear cancer.

    Damn…Joni Mitchell!

  6. Christopher R. Weingarten


  7. FionaScrapple

    @Roy Keane:
    “A Case of You” would definitely do the trick.

  8. encyclopediablack

    And they say that bad music doesn’t hurt anyone.

  9. Jasonbob7

    A clear case of doctors playing god. Don’t they understand, this woman is the next stage of human evolution! Her seizures are nature’s way of adapting to crappy pop music. If her genes carry forward a few generations, radio stations will be FORCED to stop playing Sean Paul and Sean Kingston because of the effect their music will have on the general population. Shame they sliced out her brain…

  10. lucasg

    i’ll take an achewood reference where ever i can get one.

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