Doctors were able to remove one of the world’s biggest tumors growing inside the stomach of a man from central China.The tumor, a growth that weighed about 31 kilograms, was successfully removed through a surgical operation held in a hospital in Wuhan, Hubei at the end of last month.
The 45-year-old man was a resident of Xiantao. He said that he started suffering from stomach pains three years ago. At that time, doctors told him that he had a tumor growing inside his stomach, but he decided not to undergo surgery because of the medical fees that he and his family could not afford. Instead, he took herbal medicines prescribed by herbalists.
However, the herbal medicine failed and the tumor kept growing. By the time the man went to the hospital, he was already bigger than a pregnant woman, and his tumor was already pressing hard on his internal organs.
Now that the surgery is over, the man is recovering and is already able to tie his shoelaces. Doctors said that he needs to be checked up every six months.
A Similar Case
Another case of tumor that belonged to a Chinese man is that of Huang Chuncai, more famously known as China’s ‘elephant man,’ reports the Telegraph. Huang, a 37-year-old man from Hunan province, suffered from a rare case of facial tumors that grew to a weight of 25 kg.
The tumor that hung from his face down to his waist was reportedly caused by a rare case of Neurofibromatosis, which causes an overgrowth of cells and tumors. Because of this, Huang’s face looked like it was melting.
Huang was born to poor farmers, and because they could not afford medical treatment for his condition, Huang’s tumor was left untreated for 30 years. He was picked on by classmates during young age and had to quit school because of it. He also had to carry his facial tumor by hand wherever h walked because it was heavy.
Thanks to the combined efforts of the Chinese government and doctors at Fuda Cancer Hospital, Huang is now in a better position: over a period of seven years, he underwent four major operations up until 2014 to have 21 kg worth of tumors taken out from his face. Now, Huang says that he feels a lot better, and is hoping to live a normal life just like any other person.
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