RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. When Spanish musician Carlos Aguilera had brain surgery to remove a tumor, he was awake and playing his sax. Here he is via YouTube.
(SOUNDBITE OF YOUTUBE VIDEO)
CARLOS AGUILERA: (Playing saxophone).
MONTAGNE: Performing during brain surgery allowed doctors to make sure his ability to play the sax stayed intact. It's not unique. A patient in Brazil sang while playing his guitar. And in Slovenia, an opera singer warbled Schubert while under the knife. You're listening to MORNING EDITION.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by an NPR contractor. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.