DOCTORS HAVE WOMAN PLAY VIOLIN DURING BRAIN SURGERY TO MAKE SURE SHE DIDN’T LOSE HER ABILITY TO
Sometimes you read about something that you can’t believe is real. This is one of those times to be sure. So there is a woman who had a brain tumor in the right frontal lobe of her brain. She’s a violinist and her name is Dagmar Turner. So having a brain rumor on the right side of the brain was a serious threat to her ability to play. Why? Because the tumor was as close as just the thickness of a credit card from the brain tissue that controls her left hand! It’s why there’s the joke that left handed people are the only ones in their right mind. So Doctors asked her to play the violin during surgery to make sure her abilities remained intact.
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MEDICAL TEAM MAPPED VIOLINIST’S BRAIN BEFORE SURGERY TO IDENTIFY VIOLIN REGIONS
But if this all seems dramatic, that’s because it is. In a news release last week, Dagmar said, “The violin is my passion. I’ve been playing since I was 10 years old. The thought of losing my ability to play was heart-breaking.” Scary stuff, indeed. So where did the ideA to have her play during surgery come from? Dr. Keyourmars Ashkan, a neurosurgeon. Ashkan’s team removes roughly 400 tumors in the brain every year. So they have experience. Usually, they wake patients up briefly to have them speak. But this is the first time they’ve ever asked a patient to play music, on a violin, for them. In surgery!
DOCTORS MANAGED TO REMOVE 90% OF TUMOR, AS PATIENT PLAYED THE VIOLIN
So how did they plan for this? The team mapped out the violinist’s brain for two hours to identify the areas that allow her to play the violin. That enabled them to remove 90% of the tumor without wrecking any of her skills. Turner was even able to go home with he family just 3 days post-op. So while Turner is still at home recovering, she hopes to be back soon, playing the violin in the Wight Symphony Orchestra. Amazing stuff!