A doctor in Rome plays the grand piano for a 10-year-old cancer patient during his four-hour operation – to create a “magical atmosphere of complete harmony” for the delicate procedure.
Molecular biologist and pianist Emiliano Toso, part of the surgical team that performed the operation, said his ivory tickling had a therapeutic effect on the young patient, even while he was knocked out by anesthesia.
“We tried to stop and then restart the music, noticing the patient’s response,” Toso told Reuters. “Despite the fact that he was under general anesthesia, the brain perceived the music and it was very exciting.”
The operation removed a double tumor from the boy’s spine, which was not identified, at Riuniti Hospital in the central Italian city of Ancona.
“Everything went well, there were no complications,” the head of the surgical team, Dr. Roberto Trignani, told the news service.
“There was a magical atmosphere of complete harmony.”
With Post wires