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Doctors remove man's giant tumour

2012-01-06 16:02

Hanoi - A Vietnamese man was in a stable condition in hospital on Friday after doctors removed a giant tumour from his right leg that weighed more than the rest of his body, hospital officials said.

Nguyen Duy Hai's massive 90kg tumour was cut away by a team of doctors in a risky operation that lasted 12 hours on Thursday, the France-Vietnam (FV) hospital in Ho Chi Minh City said in a statement.

The patient was still sedated but in a stable condition in the intensive care unit, it said.

In a video released by the hospital after the procedure, five medical workers in scrubs are seen heaving the blood-stained tumour into a yellow medical waste container, which nearly tips over under the weight of it.

Hai, 31, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, had been living with the tumour since he was four years old.

He had part of his leg amputated when he was 17, but the growth, which was not cancerous, continued to expand, making it difficult for Hai to walk and sleep.

The tumour is thought to be the largest ever recorded in Vietnam, according to state media.

Hai had been determined to proceed with the removal even though the surgery only had a 50 percent success rate, the hospital said.

The operation was led by American doctor McKay McKinnon, who successfully removed a tumour weighing 80 kilogrammes from a Romanian woman in 2004.

McKinnon waived his fee for Hai's surgery, and FV hospital said the remaining costs, estimated to come to 250 million dong ($12 000), will be covered by donations.

Comments
  • Shirley - 2012-01-06 16:45

    What a wonderful ending to years of pain and suffering! Nice to see doctore who are willing to put the patient before the money! Hope Nguyen gets to live a full and happy life!

  • Sharkshoot - 2012-01-06 17:56

    If this had been Malema one wonders which part would have been the tumour.

      Zaq - 2012-01-07 06:38

      All of it - that thing is a tumour!

      Karring - 2012-01-07 11:02

      damn south africans with their malema obsession....

  • sadiemy - 2012-01-06 18:08

    Hope he makes a good recovery. The problem with these things is the blood circulation gets knocked for a six, and the heart often takes strain as it is not used to coping with the same amount of blood and a shorter network of arteries etc. So they will be watching his heart and lungs closely

      Gail - 2012-01-07 12:35

      2sadiemy. Are you a doctor? Can you explain why they d not remove the tumour before it reaches this size then? I mean surely it would make less difference and have less veins etc in it if removed whenit is still a small tumour or is it kind of relative that the person would be smaller when the tumour was smaller?

  • Gail - 2012-01-07 12:31

    OMW! I wonder why they only decided to remove it when it reached this size? I just hope the rare disease isn't like elephant man disease? Good luck to this guy and huge applause to the doctor who waived fees to do this procedure. It's rare to find a doctor these days who places healing before money.

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