A patient recovering from surgery and returning to something he loves is worth celebrating.
Seeing the patient doing the surgery can raise some eyebrows.
Dagmar Turner, 53, played the violin while doctors at King's College Hospital in London have been trying to remove a brain tumor she has been fighting since 2013. In a statement, the hospital said the surgery was done with Turner awake and playing to "ensure that the patient's brain areas responsible for delicate hand movement and coordination" were not damaged.
The video of the procedure shows Turner playing with his eyes closed, surrounded by doctors. The procedure, carried out by Professor Keyoumars Ashkan and a team, was observed by anesthetists and therapist, according to the hospital.
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The doctors first opened Turner's skull while she was under anesthesia, then woke her up and asked her to play while the tumor was removed. The hospital said the tumor was located "in the right frontal lobe of the brain, close to an area that controls the fine movement of the left hand," which Turner uses to play.
Ashkan is also a dedicated musician who plays the piano, according to the hospital. Turner plays the violin on Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra – the tumor in her brain was discovered after she suffered a seizure during a symphony.
"We knew how important the violin is to Dagmar, so it was vital that we preserve function in the delicate areas of the brain that allowed him to play," said Ashkan in a statement. "We were able to remove more than 90% of the tumor, including all areas suspected of aggressive activity, while maintaining full function in the left hand."
Ashkan said King's College Hospital removes about 400 tumors a year, and it was the first time he did it while a patient was playing an instrument. He added that "often" wakes up patients in the middle of the procedure so that they can perform language tests.
In a statement released by the hospital, Turner thanked the doctors for planning the procedure and said: "The violin is my passion; I've been playing since I was 10 years old."
King & # 39; s College Hospital said that Turner, a former management consultant and mother of a 13-year-old son, was well enough to return home three days after the procedure.