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Musician Plays Jazz During 12-Hour Brain Surgery

18/12/2015 17:12 GMT | Updated 18/12/2015 17:59 GMT

A 27-year-old in Spain has gone beyond the realms of talent and performed a jazz classic while undergoing 12 hours of brain surgery.

Carlos Aguilera played a cover of Misty on his sax, to a room of 16 medics who wanted to make sure the procedure kept his musical skills intact.

The performer was diagnosed with a brain tumour, which doctors took out two months ago.

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Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, he said the surgery made him feel like he had been born again.

Aguilera - no relation to pop star Christina Aguilera - was given painkillers but he stayed awake as doctors did not put him under general anaesthesia.

Speaking to a local news publication, La Opinion De Malaga, one of the surgeons said the musician had been in a state of semi-consciousness, with his head open on the table.

Guillermo Ibáñez said: "He is a professional musician and his life depends on it. [It] was the only way to operate without damaging the part involved in the musical language."

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While the medical feat received applause from the around the world, it is not the first time surgeons have kept musicians semi-conscious during brain surgery.

Earlier this year, a 33-year-old banker played Beatles hit 'Yesterday' while medics took out his brain tumour.