WATCH: Patient plays saxophone during brain surgery | WJHL
ROME (WFLA) — It takes talent to play the saxophone, but playing the saxophone while undergoing brain surgery? It’s impressive.
A video released by the Paideia International Hospital in Rome, Italy, shows a patient playing the instrument while having a tumor removed.
A team of 10 medical professionals from around the world worked to remove the cancer in a nine-hour procedure, while the patient was still awake.
The patient lost no neurological function during the procedure and he demonstrated his awareness by playing a bluesy tune.
The hospital said the complex “awake surgery” allowed doctors to map the parts of the brain that handle specific functions such as talking, moving and – you guessed it – playing music.
“The goal of awake surgery is to remove the brain tumor or a vascular malformation such as cavernomas located in specific areas of the brain, while preserving the patient’s quality of life,” said Dr. Christian Brogna, an expert in cancer surgery who conducted the procedure.
The operation was a success and the musician can now continue to play the saxophone, this time without cancer.