A 35-year-old Italian musician had a brain tumor removed while playing the saxophone in a Rome clinic last month.
The operation at the Paideia International Hospital was led by brain surgeon Christian Brogna, an expert in wake surgery who a few years ago carried out a similar op on a patient who was playing the violin in London.
The surgery lasted nine hours and the musician played the sax throughout.
The patient was discharged three days later.
“It was an extremely complex operation on a young patient with a tumor in a very complex area of the brain which at one time would have been classed as inoperable,” Brogna said.
He said the procedure had been made even more complex by the fact that the musician was left-handed.