A woman has had a giant tumour weighing more than five stone removed from her ovaries in a life-saving operation.
Sonia Lopez, 57, from Costa Rica, put off the procedure for eight years due to ‘personal reasons’ but was eventually forced to go under the knife when the growth took up 80 percent of her abdomen and was crushing her intestines, liver, and diaphragm.
Mrs. Lopez, who has dropped six stone since having the tumor removed, was warned nearly a decade ago the growth could cause her to have a heart attack due to the pressure it was putting on the organ.
After suffering breathing problems, she had the operation at Hospital Mexico near San Jose on Monday, which involved five surgeons removing the 5.35 stone, five-and-half feet round growth.
Mrs. Lopez, whose surgeon believes she broke a world record, is recovering well and awaiting results to determine if the growth is cancerous.
‘I feel like I’ve been born again’
Mrs. Lopez, who lives in the town of Tibas, said: ‘I was very tired and felt very ill beforehand.
‘From how I felt before to the way I feel now, it’s like a journey from the sun to the Earth. I feel like I’ve been born again.’
Mrs. Lopez was advised by doctors to have an immediate operation after she sought medical advice for breathlessness.
She previously weighed 20 stone, making her too large doctors for doctors to take a CAT scan or clear X-rays when she was admitted to hospital last Thursday.
World record-breaking size
Mrs. Lopez’s surgeon Pablo Sibaja said: ‘We see three or four giant tumors every year but never something this big.
‘This is the largest we know about in Mesoamerica. In the Guinness Book of Records, the heaviest on record is 30 kilos (4.72 stone) and this one was 34 kilos (5.35 stone).’
‘This tumor grew in such a disordered and rapid fashion in such a short space of time that we had to act quickly.
‘These tumors that grow so fast are not normally malignant because if they were they would metastasize and they either need to be treated to eliminate or reduce them or they kill the patient before they have the capacity to grow so much.’
Mr. Sibaja added giant tumors are much more common in women because their bodies are designed to carry more weight in their abdomens than men.
He said: ‘In a man, it doesn’t happen. No tumor would grow as large because his body is not capable of developing it.’
A spokesman for the Costa Rican Social Security Service, which tweeted pictures of a tumor after it had been removed, described the procedure as ‘incredible’.
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