Patient is woken up midway through brain surgery and told to play the VIOLIN – as doctors reveal the reason behind the extraordinary request
- A woman has been asked to play the violin by surgeons during brain surgery
- Dagmar Turner was woken after undergoing anesthetic to play her instrument
- The 53-year-old played scales on her violin to monitor her fine motor skills
- The operation went without a hitch and Ms Turner is back home playing violin
A woman has given an amazing musical performance after surgeons asked her to play the violin in the middle of brain surgery.
Dagmar Turner, 53, was woken in the operating theatre and handed her violin by medical staff, so they knew they were avoiding vital parts of her brain during the delicate surgery.
‘I suggested actually if they wanted me to play the violin during the surgery,’ Ms Turner told 7 News.
Dagmar Turner, 53, was woken in the operating theatre and handed her violin by medical staff so they knew they were avoiding vital parts of her brain during the delicate surgery
Ms Turner, a professional musician from the UK, underwent the surgery to remove a brain tumour in early February.
After undergoing general anaesthetic for the first part of the operation, Ms Turner was then woken and asked to play scales on her instrument so her hand movements could be monitored.
Doctors had already intricately mapped her brain using scans so they knew which areas to avoid to protect her fine motor skills, but her playing the instrument during surgery provided another level of protection.
Ms Turner said she can remember the surgeons handing her the violin and saying ‘play, play’ after regaining consciousness.
Doctors knew instantly as they completed the operation they had retained Ms Turner’s full brain function as she continued playing the scales.
‘It was all those finer details of the fine control of the left hand, for example somebody playing the violin, the pressure on the string all those fast movements moving between one string to another. That was what was unusual for us,’ surgeon, Profesor Keyoumars Ashkan said.
Ms Turner was out of hospital and and back on her feet just three days later.
‘This is my life, this is what I do in my spare time and I enjoy it an awful lot,’ Ms Turner said of playing the violin.
Ms Turner said she can remember after regaining consciousness, the surgeons just handing her the violin and saying ‘play, play’