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flo's avatar

Is there another source for the violin playing brain cancer patient? See detail.

Asked by flo (13313points) February 20th, 2020
All the articles and broadcast news say the same thing when it comes to the headlines. Based on the headlines do you get the accurate news, if not what is the accurate news?

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stanleybmanly's avatar

What is it you believe inaccurate in the print or broadcast reporting of this story? You know the function of the headlines.

LadyMarissa's avatar

I saw this story on several different websites yesterday, but I don’t remember which ones. In reading the story & not just the headlines, she has a brain tumor & has been playing the violin for over 40 years. The docs had told her that there was a possibility that she might lose her ability to play the violin while they were removing the tumor. She said that the violin is her life & she would be lost IF she could no longer play. That’s when one of the doctors asked her IF she would be willing to play her violin during the surgery so they could tell IF they were about to work on an area that would negatively effect her ability to play. They managed to remove 90% of the tumor without doing any lasting damage to her skills. One of the articles had a video of her playing as the doctors worked.

Although it amazes me how doctors can tell what to do & where to go in the brain from having the patient awake & alert while they work, I have read numerous accounts of this being done with some regularity!!!

janbb's avatar

Allthe articles I’ve read seem pretty consistent with what the npr article contains and the headlines appear to be a fair indication of the contents.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I saw a footage of her playing on TV yesterday. So at least it’s legit enough.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Most of what you see reported on different news sources probably comes from the same press release from the hospital or a story from associated press or Reuters which is why they all read the same.

It’s pretty standard procedure to wake the patient during this type of surgery to map out the brain to ensure that useful areas are not being accidentally damaged.

flo's avatar

Was she playing the violin during/while surgery? “One of the articles had a video of her playing as the doctors worked.” from @LadyMarissa‘s post. But another source said they stopped the surgery.

Lightlyseared's avatar

They anaesthetise the patient and perform a craniotomy (take part of the skull away to expose the bit of brain they are interested in). Then they wake the patient and start mapping what the areas of brain do. In this case they asked the patient to play the violin so she would be in the operating theatre with her brain exposed as they stimulated parts of the exposed brain. Once they are confident that they can remove the tumour with out damaging anything else they probably anaesthetise the patient again and complete the surgery.

flo's avatar

I heard from a broadcast news that they stopped the surgery, but I see in the following video
that they were working on her, whatever that may mean.

janbb's avatar

If you read what @Lightlyseared wrote, they were mapping her brain activity while she played so they were working on her, just not excising the tumor.

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