Doctors in China have spent ten hours removing an enormous 15kg tumour from the back of a man’s head. The growth, which was just the size of an egg when it first appeared, has been slowly growing on the back of the man’s head and neck for a whopping 47 years.
The man, named Zhao Xingfu, told doctors that the tumour had first become noticeable when he was just 17, but he had not gone to the doctors because it did not hurt, and also because his family could not afford medical treatment.
In fact, his family had become so used to seeing Xingfu with his strange tumour that his children couldn’t even remember him without it with his son telling reporters,
Surgeons spent 10 hours removing 33lb tumour from man's neck after he ignored it for nearly 50 years https://t.co/19IsXURaIn— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) May 30, 2018
“I’ve only known my father with the large tumour, so I gradually became accustomed to it.”
It was Xingfu’s son who actually helped him get the surgery to remove the tumour. He noticed him struggling to walk under the weight of the tumour, and so he he decided to approach a doctor and seek medical help on behalf of his father. The doctor, named Dr Dong, had this to say about the tumour:
“In all my years, I’d never seen such a large tumour.”
After raising enough money to pay for the surgery, and enlisting the help of his extended family, Xingfu’s son was finally able to get his father the help he needed. The resulting surgery took 10 hours to perform, and Dr Dong had to work alongside two other surgeons, but in the end they were ultimately successful (even if they only managed to get 95% of the tumour). Now, Xingfu is free of the 15kg weight that had been attached to his neck for decades.
He had it for almost 50 years! https://t.co/bHatxX4r2N— Metro (@MetroUK) May 31, 2018
Thankfully Xingfu doesn’t have to worry about the tumour being a problem. It wasn’t cancerous and was made up mostly of fatty tissue and blood vessels. Without it he can now live the remainder of his life free of the tumour that had dominated the majority of his life.
We have to imagine that it must be a great sense of relief, and that Xingfu’s spine, now free of the weight, must feel much better. We also bet it’ll take some time to get used to after 47 years spent hanging out with a giant potato on your head. Xingfu said as much when he told reporters,
“I’m not used to it not being there yet.”