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Photo: Russian flutist playing Mozart during removal of brain tumor

This is necessary to monitor the response of neurons and not damage the brain.

Photo of LKH Uni-Klinikum Graz

28-year-old Russian flutist Sofya Pinaeva successfully underwent surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor. The procedure was carried out by specialists of a neurosurgical hospital in the Austrian city of Graz.

The operation lasted an hour and a half, during which Pinaeva was conscious and played the flute. In complex operations on the brain, doctors need to monitor the reactions of neurons without general anesthesia, so as not to harm the patient.

The flute player performed classical works of Bach and Mozart and was mistaken only once. “But I did not practice,” said Pinaeva. In 2015, she was diagnosed with gliomas of the right hemisphere, but at first she hoped for the benefit of chemotherapy.

Operation Pinaeva was held in 2017, but she was told only now, since it was important to check the restoration of all brain functions. Five days after the procedure the flutist had a picnic with friends. A year later she continues to play the flute – recently shared a piece of her party on YouTube.

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