Violinist plays while surgeons operate on her brain: Partnering with the Great Physician


    Dagmar Turner is a fifty-three-year-old violinist. She recently played sections of compositions by Mahler and Gershwin. That would be impressive enough. What makes her concert far more amazing is that she did so while surgeons worked to remove a tumor from her brain.

    The tumor was located near the area of
    her brain responsible for controlling her left hand. Fearing the loss of forty
    years of musical craft, the neurosurgeon asked her to play while he operated.
    In this way, his team was able to remove 90 percent of the tumor without damage
    to her motor functions.

    “The violin is my passion; I’ve been playing since I was ten years old,” the grateful patient later told reporters. “The thought of losing my ability to play was heart-breaking.”

    Partnering with the Great Physician

    Such expertise and creativity by a neurosurgeon and his team are both noteworthy and unsurprising. In my years as Resident Scholar for Ethics with Baylor Scott & White Health, I have encountered many such professionals who are committed to medical excellence as well as the best patient outcomes.

    I have become convinced that medicine
    is indeed ministry. Just as the Great Physician healed bodies to heal souls, so
    doctors, nurses, and other care providers meet physical needs as an extension
    of God’s love for us all. Whether medical professionals know God personally or
    not, he knows them personally. And he uses the gifts he has given them to bless
    their patients out of his unconditional grace.

    If you’re facing physical suffering today, know that the
    same One who healed “every disease and every affliction among the
    people” stands ready to help you as well (Matthew 4:23). All that he has
    ever done, he can still do. He works medically and miraculously as we trust him
    for his timing and our best.

    When he does not heal us physically, he redeems what he
    allows in ways we may comprehend on this side of heaven or we may not. But one
    day we will…

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