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Doctors remove 175-pound tumor

alexd

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Doctors remove 175-pound tumor

Thursday, January 22, 2004 Posted: 1459 GMT (10:59 PM HKT)


BUCHAREST, Romania (Reuters) -- A team of Romanian and U.S. doctors say they have successfully removed a tumor weighing 175 pounds (80 kilograms) from a woman patient in an operation lasting 10 hours.

Lucica Bunghez, 47, had been largely confined to bed because of the tumor, which weighed almost double her body weight and covered her back, waist and hips.

"She is very well, the lack of the tumor really suits her," Ion Lascar, head of the plastic surgery department of Floreasca Hospital in Bucharest, told reporters on Wednesday.

Lascar headed the medical team together with a U.S. surgeon who successfully removed a 200-pound (91 kilograms) tumor from an American woman in 1998.

Bunghez's family said they had long tried unsuccessfully to raise money for the operation, which was eventually paid for by the Washington-based Discovery Channel in exchange for film rights.

The tumor, which initially appeared as a small lump when Bunghez was 22, was removed when it had reached 33 pounds (15 kilograms) but then reappeared and grew still bigger.

Other doctors had been afraid to operate on Bunghez because the area has many blood vessels and they lacked the experience and equipment to stop the bleeding.

According to the Guinness World Records, the largest tumor ever removed intact weighed 302 pounds (138 kilograms). It was removed in 1991 and the woman patient made a full recovery.
 

Vote Quimby

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Originally posted by alexd

"She is very well, the lack of the tumor really suits her," Ion Lascar, head of the plastic surgery department of Floreasca Hospital in Bucharest, told reporters on Wednesday.
You think?
 

Zorro

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Hey 41 more post by you and your count will read 12345.
Not sure why I noticed this or why it amuses me but it does. *shrugs*
 
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Soundstream

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There could be a joke in this thread. Something to do with Arnold Schwartznegger and a kindergarten class. But for the life of my, I just can't remember what it is.

Cheers ... Ian :)
 

diablo

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Originally posted by alexd
"She is very well, the lack of the tumor really suits her," Ion Lascar, head of the plastic surgery department of Floreasca Hospital in Bucharest, told reporters on Wednesday.
LOL

Yeah, I think something got lost in the translation there.
 
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