Students Perform Concert With 9-Year-Old Violinist Day Before Her Brain Surgery

The show must go on -- and this young student's fellow musicians made sure it did.

Sophie Fellows, a 9-year-old from Colchester, Vermont, was playing a concert with other violinists in December when she felt like something was wrong.

"When we were doing the concert, I didn't feel well, so I had to leave," she told WCAX.

Sophie was taken to the doctor the next day and diagnosed with a brain tumor. The 9-year-old was then rushed to Boston Children's Hospital to get the tumor removed, according to WCAX.

When her fellow musicians and their teacher heard about her pending surgery, they knew what they had to do. Several of them made the 3.5-hour trek to see Sophie, and ended up playing an entire concert with her at the hospital.

"It was really fun to do the concert," Sophie, who underwent the first surgery to remove the tumor the next day, told the Boston Globe. "And this made me feel great!"

Sophie and the other musicians performed in the hospital's recreation room for her family and friends. And while the 9-year-old said she had a blast playing for the crowd, her friends and teachers said they were more than willing to make the special moment happen.

"She’s the sweetest, cutest, brightest girl," Carolyn Bever, Sophie's instructor, told the Boston Globe. "We all just wanted to be here for her."

While Sophie's tumor turned out to be benign, she has had a difficult recovery. According to the Boston Globe, the child spent weeks in the intensive care unit after one of her lungs collapsed, and she is now wearing a corrective eye patch for double vision issues.

But the young musician has already picked up the violin again, and is expected to return home later this month.

"I feel good after the surgery," Sophie told WCVB earlier this week.

To learn more about Sophie, visit her CaringBridge site.



Lindsey Stirling and her violin