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Before a Double Mastectomy, a Dance Party

Deborah Cohan organized a pre-surgery flash mob with her surgery team

Stephanie Butnick
November 07, 2013

Deborah Cohan, an OB-GYN in California and mother of two, is a champion. Minutes before undergoing a double mastectomy at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco on Tuesday, Cohan led her surgery team in what might be the first-ever operating room flash mob. The group got down to Beyonce’s catchy hit “Get Me Bodied,” with Cohan and her scrub-wearing back-up dancers giving Bey a run for her money.

We hear Cohan is doing well after the surgery, and hopefully she’ll be back to dancing in no time. Until then, Cohan is requesting that friends and family record and send her their own Beyonce dance parties.

Stephanie Butnick is chief strategy officer of Tablet Magazine, co-founder of Tablet Studios, and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.