A Texas man plays the piano during brain surgery in Houston

Alex Chod thought his life and career might have ended when doctors found a brain tumor, but thanks to Houston surgeons, he is now on his way to recovery.

HOUSTON: An Austin man thought his life and career could end when doctors discovered a brain tumor. Less than a month later, thanks to Houston surgeons, he is heading for recovery.

“One Sunday it was cold at my house and I felt so much fun and I called my mom and I couldn’t say anything on the phone,” Alex Chod said.

On July 25, Chod suffered a seizure and was taken to hospital.

“We found this large mass in the left temporal lobe immediately adjacent to a part of the brain that has to do with language, perception, and musical perception,” said Dr. Nitin Tandon, a Hermann Memorial surgeon.

Chod went to the Hermann Memorial to remove the tumor.

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

Doctors performed an awake craniotomy. This is a procedure when the patient is awake during a part of the procedure in which doctors map the brain.

“Music is fundamental to him, to a vocation and defines him as a person,” Tandon said. “Indicate what parts of your brain make language and music stay away from these areas and to remove the tumor without any major impact on these two critical functions for it.”

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

“He’s the craziest,” Chod said. “I feel really crazy about it.”