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Jazz musician overcomes brain injury with music

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Author: 
Andrea Ratuski
Published Date: 
27 February 2013
Publication: 
CBC Manitoba Scene
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It's a remarkable story of determination, perseverance and above all, a deep love of music, jazz music in particular.

Connor Derraugh is a 17-year old aspiring musician who plays alto sax and piano. But two and a half years ago he suffered a terrible brain injury during surgery that left him paralyzed on his right side. That meant having to learn how to walk again, how to talk, how to eat. And accepting the possibility that he'd never play music again.

While still in hospital, Derraugh announced to his father that no matter what, he was going to jazz camp, even if he had to play with just one hand.

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