Musician plays violin while surgeons operate on her brain

by Bryan Brammer · Feb 20th, 2020 12:15 pm

Last Updated Feb 20th, 2020 at 2:28 pm

A British musician played the violin while on the operating table as surgeons removed a tumor from her brain on January 31.

Dagmar Turner, 53, was diagnosed with a slow-growing tumor after she experienced a seizure during a performance in 2013. Although she had initially undergone radiotherapy, she agreed to brain surgery after doctors discovered that the tumor had "grown and become more aggressive."

Turner became concerned after she was told that her tumor was in her right frontal lobe, which controls the fine motor skills in her left hand.

Knowing how important playing the violin was to Dagmar, the surgeons at King's College Hospital decide to wake Dagmar up in the middle of the operation, asking her to play the violin so they could ensure they did not compromise the parts of her brain used for playing the instrument. It was captured on video:

According to neurosurgeon Keyoumars Ashkan, the operation was a success.

"We managed to remove over 90 percent of the tumor, including all areas suspicious of aggressive activity, while retaining full function of her left hand."


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