Woman patient told jokes and sang during brain surgery


Speaking during surgery was needed to measure brain function in real time, but her dialogue with medical staff went beyond all expectations. “Because I stayed awake the whole time, they could tell when my speech was affected or when I couldn’t clench my first. So I effectively had to continually talk for eight hours,” she said. Sarah-May even said she found the whole process fascinating. She added: “I have always loved medical programmes. The fact it was me didn’t hit until much later and I was just very, very curious. I got them to take pictures and now I have an album of pictures of the inside of my brain!”

Image taken during surgery

“Part of my comedy routine was making up songs on the spot about people, so I made songs up about the therapist”, she confessed. Sarah-May appreciated that the surgery was the best part of her treatment. After struggling with radiotherapy and chemotherapy, she is feeling better and has returned to her job as a special needs teacher. “The future is bright now. I didn’t make the Edinburgh Festival this year but I’ll be back next year for sure,” she promised herself. Sarah-May who named her tumour Rodger. Her life story can be inspiring to others.


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