by Oke Efagene
A woman from Czech Republic, has had to undergo an extensive surgery to remove a tumour weighing almost 6 stone (38kg).
The unidentified woman has lived with the strange tumour which weighed 5st 9lbs, for years because she was too scared to visit a doctor.
The 47-year-old did not not seek any medical help as her stomach increased to almost 20 times its usual size, until the tumour left her bedridden.
According to Daily Mail report:
The woman underwent a life-saving operation to have the malignant tumour removed at Zlin Regional Hospital, in Zlin, last month.
It took surgeons more than seven hours to remove the growth which measured more than one metre in circumference.
They also needed to remove a further 4st 7lbs of surrounding tissue – leaving the woman more than 10 stone lighter.
During the operation she had to be given 20 blood transfusions.
Zdenek Adamik, head of the obstetrics and gynaecology department at the hospital, said doctors were baffled as to why the woman had not sought help earlier.
He said they found it strange that her parents hadn’t encouraged her to see a doctor considering the sheer weight of the tumour left her confined to her bed and unable to lead a normal life.
He said: ‘The patient weighed 117 kilos [18st 4lbs] before the operation and now she weighs 51 kilos [eight stone].
‘It is strange that the family and friends were unable to react to what was going on with the lady because just the weight of the tumour confined her to bed and she could not live a normal life.’
It is not yet known whether the woman will make a full recovery.
Doctors are continuing to monitor her condition following the operation.