In what seems like an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, pro violinist Dagmar Turner played her instrument during her brain surgery at King's College Hospital in London. According to CNN, doctors asked her to play the violin while they removed a brain tumor to make sure that her abilities wouldn’t be affected.
Located in her right frontal lobe, the tumor was *very* close to the parts of her brain that coordinate delicate movements in her left hand, which is crucial to playing the violin. In some spots, the distance was as narrow as the edge of a credit card!
The 53-year-old violinist, who is part of the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, has been playing since she was 10. She said, “The violin is my passion. The thought of losing my ability to play was heartbreaking."
Dr. Keyoumars Ashkan, the neurosurgeon who came up with the idea, said it was the first time he’d ever had a patient play an instrument during surgery.
Through the creative solution, doctors successfully removed over 90 percent of the tumor without affecting her motor skills, and she went home three days after the surgery. Amazing!
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