- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - A 9-year-old girl whose friends from a Vermont music school traveled to Boston Children’s Hospital so she could finish a holiday concert she’d been unable to complete after falling ill is recovering from surgery.

Sophie Fellows underwent surgery Friday to remove a brain tumor, the day after an emotional concert at the hospital.

Sophie had been stricken with severe headaches during a performance earlier this month and was unable to finish.

About two dozen of her fellow students and her teacher, Carolyn Bever, joined her in Boston on Thursday to finish the Christmas show. Sophie said it lifted her spirits.

Her family said in a statement that Sophie was smiling and talking after surgery, and even requested chocolate pudding.

Doctors say the week ahead will be critical in determine her recovery.

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