Woman plays violin during a brain surgery


Dagmar Turner wasn’t just showing off when she played the violin during her brain surgery at King’s College Hospital in London.

Surgeons asked  her to play the instrument to ensure that the professional violinist’s musical abilities were not damaged during a tumor removal.

She was diagnosed in 2013 with a brain tumour after suffering a seizure during a symphony.

Her tumour was located in the right frontal lobe of her brain, close to an area that controls the fine movement of her left hand.

Neurosurgeon Professor Keyoumars Ashkan admitted that doctors had to be wary of the “finer details” of playing the violin.

He said: “Length of the string, pressure on the string, all those fast movements moving from one string to another. So that is what was unusual for us.”

Prof Ashkan said: “We managed to remove over 90 per cent of the tumour, including all the areas suspicious of aggressive activity while retaining full function in her left hand.”

Prior to surgery, doctors spent two hours carefully mapping her brain to identify areas that were active when she played the violin and those responsible for controlling language and movement