Woman plays violin while undergoing brain surgery

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Must watch. A violinist was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and the doctors made her play during the surgery.


The violinist is Dagmar Turner, a 53 year old mother and musician. In 2013 she was diagnosed with a large slow growing tumour. Despite her having radiotherapy, it didn’t give up and continued to grew. She needed surgery.

It is a nightmare to be diagnosed with a tumour. But this violinist had a tumour that threatened the fine movement of her left hand, so even if it was removed, her career could be over.

Because of the risk, Dagmar was really worried she would lose her skills.

But her Doctor and Surgeons at the King College had an idea. As shown in the video, they made her play the violin while having the complex brain surgery. This move allowed the surgeons to identify and therefore avoid the areas in the brain needed for playing.

Dagmar violin play surgery

According to DailyMail, the operation went perfectly and Dagmar Turner is back, healthy and playing her violin like before.

Following the procedure Professor Ashkan said: “We knew how important the violin is to Dagmar so it was vital that we preserved function in the delicate areas of her brain that allowed her to play.”


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