A team of Indian doctors successfully removed the biggest brain tumor on record at a hospital in Mumbai, AFP reported. Santlal Pal, a 31-year-old shopkeeper from Utter Pradesh, was suffering from an enormous two-kilogram growth (about 4.4 pounds) on the back of his head.
Doctors at Mumbai’s BYL Nair hospital where the man was treated said the tumor was so large that “it appeared as if he had two heads mounted on top of each other,” according to AFP.
“It was an extremely daunting and complex surgery,” Dr. Trimurti Nadkarni, the hospital’s head of neurosurgery, said. “It was compressing the brain.”
The operation ran for a staggering seven hours, with the patient requiring 11 units of blood.
“After the patient regained consciousness, we researched and concluded this was the world’s heaviest tumor to be reported so far,” Nadkarni added.
The massive tumor has gone down history as the largest ever removed from a surviving patient.
And Mr. Pal? He is recovering well and is expected to improve even more with time.
“It was a rare operation and the patient has survived. Before the surgery, he had minimal vision, which may improve now,” Nadkarni said. “Now it’s a matter of recovery but he’s out of danger. He feels relieved of a large burden on his head.”
Modern medicine working at its best!