Blind piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker is now helping scientists to better understand the human brain. Blind since birth. Matthew's parents were told that he only had a 50% chance of survival, and he underwent 11 surgeries before he was even two years old.
Despite being faced with these extreme circumstances, he survived his prognosis. Not only that, he exhibited an extraordinary gift for playing the piano since before he could even walk; by the time he was 3 years old, he was playing two-handed piano compositions and writing his own songs without ever having a teacher.
Such is the height of Whitaker’s talent that he caught the attention of Dr. Charles Limb, a neurologist who also happens to be a fellow musician. Dr. Limb was fascinated by what might’ve been going on inside Whitaker’s brain, so with the permission of the musician and his family, Whitaker underwent two MRI exams—first while being exposed to different stimuli, including music, and then while he played on a keyboard.
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