A man with Parkinson’s disease is giving hope to dozens of other patients at an American hospital, all through the power of music.
Lucien Leinfelder, 86, was a soloist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra when he was younger.
He now fills the halls of Texas Health Dallas with beautiful, complex piano music, despite suffering from an illness which can impair finger movements.
“His fingers almost take on a life of their own, where they remember the notes he’s played so well throughout his life. It’s almost like they come out and take off by themselves,” neurologist Anna Tseng said, according to Fox News.
According to the NHS, the three main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are a tremor (involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body), slow movement and stiff and inflexible muscles.
Leinfelder experiences such symptoms in his day to day life and has had numerous falls, breaking his hip three times.
He sometimes finds it difficult to stand still, but remarkably, his symptoms seem to disappear when he is playing the piano.
As well as providing patients with entertainment, Leinfelder is inspiring others to keep up their hobbies and nurture their talent.