A woman has had a 132-pound (60kg) tumour removed from her abdomen by doctors in the US.
The 38-year-old had been gaining weight at a rate of about 10 pounds a week for two months before she first went to her doctor seeking help.
She was malnourished because part of the ovarian tumour was on her digestive tract and she used a wheelchair because of the weight and the swelling in her legs. It was also on a major blood vessel, prompting fears for her heart.
Dr Vaagn Andikyan assembled the 25 highly-skilled clinical specialists to plan the tumour’s removal at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut in February.
Dr Karl Kulikowski, vice chairman of the hospital’s anaesthesia department, said that the team had practised different surgery scenarios to prepare.
He told the Danbury News Times, “She had gotten to the point where she slept in a chair because she couldn’t lie flat, and the first thing we were going to need to do after we got her to sleep was to lie her flat for the operation – would her body tolerate that?”
Dr David Goldenberg, section chief of plastic surgery at Danbury Hospital, added, “The huge weight of the tumour made anaesthesia really dangerous.”
“All of a sudden you are going to reduce that weight in a flash, and the cardiac system has to adjust very quickly, so there was a tremendous amount of preparation done beforehand to anticipate that kind of a problem.”
Source: Sky News