Music During Operation – level 1

26-02-2020 07:00

Dagmar Turner is a musician. She plays the violin. In 2013, doctors tell her that she is very ill. She has a brain tumor.

Doctors try to kill the tumor. They are not successful. The tumor grows. It is dangerous for Turner. The tumor can damage a part of her brain. This part controls her left hand.

Doctors must take the tumor out. They are scared. They can damage the brain. Turner has an idea. She wants to play the violin during the operation.

Turner sleeps at the beginning of the operation. Doctors wake her up. She starts to play the violin. A part of her brain starts to work. Doctors can see it. They take the tumor out. They are very careful.

The operation is successful. Turner feels good.

Difficult words: brain tumor (when a part of a brain grows which is dangerous for the person), control (to have power over something), operation (when doctors fix a body).

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