Operations can be dreading. And the tougher part is that you need to make peace with them because of course, you can’t do anything else.
A patient at a British hospital set new goals with peacemaking as she opted to play violin in the hospital while being treated on.
The woman played Mahler and Gershwin on the violin so the doctors can preserve her ability to play the violin. Dagmar Turner, 53, has been playing violin for 40 years. As per a report by NDTV, the tumor had to be removed from the right frontal lobe of her brain – close to the area that controls the fine movement of her left hand.
Professor Keyoumars Ashkan, the Consultant Neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital, came up with the creative plan. He said the surgeons would map her brain, open the skull and then get her to play as they removed the tumour.
“This was the first time I’ve had a patient play an instrument,” said Ashkan. “We managed to remove over 90 percent of the tumour, including all the areas suspicious of aggressive activity, while retaining full function in her left hand.”
In perfect melody, Turner played Gustav Mahler, George Gershwin’s jazz classic “Summertime” and pieces by Spanish songwriter and singer Julio Iglesias.