Texas man performs piano throughout mind surgical procedure in Houston

Alex Chod thought his life and career might be over when doctors discovered a brain tumor, but he is now well on his way to recovery thanks to surgeons in Houston.

HOUSTON – A man from Austin thought his life and career might be over when doctors discovered a brain tumor. Less than a month later, he is on the road to recovery thanks to surgeons in Houston.

“I was chilling out at my house on a Sunday and it felt really weird and I called my mom and couldn’t say anything on the phone,” said Alex Chod.

On July 25th, Chod had a seizure and was taken to the hospital.

“We found this large mass in his left temporal lobe right next to an affected part of the brain that has to do with language, cognition, and music perception,” said Dr. Nitin Tandon, surgeon at the Hermann Memorial.

Chod went to the Hermann Memorial to have the tumor removed.

“We’ll do the surgery with the patient awake,” said Tandon.

Doctors performed an awake craniotomy. This is a procedure where the patient is awake during part of the procedure where doctors are mapping the brain.

“Music is vital to him, to a calling and defines him as a person,” said Tandon. “Find out which parts of his brain make speech and music to stay away from these areas and remove the tumor without significantly affecting these two functions that are crucial for him.”

After seven hours, the doctors successfully removed Alex’s tumor.

“That’s the craziest thing,” said Chod. “I feel very crazy about it.”

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