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Musician Plays Saxophone While Undergoing 9-Hour Long Surgery for Brain Cancer

By Andrew Alpin, 18 November

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A musician underwent a complex “awake” brain surgery for brain cancer in a private hospital in Rome. However, this wasn’t like any normal brain surgery since he was awake and conscious throughout the entire operation. Surprisingly, this musician played his saxophone throughout the 9-hour-long procedure, making this the first-ever type of surgery ever done.

10 The surgery was performed by a renowned neurosurgeon specializing in complex cancers and awake surgeries

On October 10, a brain tumor was removed from a 35-year-old man at Paideia International Hospital. The surgery was led by Dr. Christian Brogna, a neurosurgeon specializing in complex cancers and awake surgeries.

The surgery was performed by a renowned neurosurgeon specializing in complex cancers and awake surgeries

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9 The patient wasn’t an Italian native

The patient, whose name is “G. Z.,” was not born in Italy but was adopted by a Roman family. He is an avid music lover, and since he was left-handed, the already difficult extraction became even more complicated. However, the hospital press release says that Brogna and his team successfully performed the surgery without affecting the patient’s neurological functions.

The patient wasn’t an Italian native

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8 G.Z. remained calm throughout the surgery thanks to his saxophone

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The hospital discharged G. Z. on October 13, who is now starting to make a full recovery. He said that during the 9-hour surgery when he was awake and playing his saxophone, he felt “calm.” His music eased his nervousness and diverted his attention away from the procedure.

G.Z. remained calm throughout the surgery thanks to his saxophone

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