US doctors to remove man's 90kg tumour

2011-08-24 15:01
Hanoi - A group of American doctors will travel to Vietnam to help remove a 90kg tumour from a man's leg, medical staff said on Wednesday.

The metre-wide tumour has been growing on 31-year-old Nguyen Duy Hai's right leg for more than 30 years, despite an amputation at the knee 14 years ago.

The tumour had grown 10cm in diameter over the last month, and from 80 to 90kg, said Le Hoang Minh, director of Ho Chi Minh tumour hospital.

Plastic surgeon MaKay McKinnon and four other doctors will arrive in November to try to remove the growth, the biggest ever recorded in the country, Minh said.

The growth has twisted Hai's spine and pelvis and caused problems with his breathing and blood circulation, he said.

Doctors would need eight to 14 hours to remove the tumour. The operation is dangerous because the growth is fed by major blood vessels, he said.

The hospital is covering Hai's medical expenses because his family is too poor to afford another operation.

McKinnon has conducted several operations to remove large tumours which have received widespread media coverage in recent years.

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