Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Doctor describes removing 51-pound tumor from a New Jersey woman and says it was a third of her weight

"Imagine slicing into an onion — and then removing a third of the vegetable without damaging the healthy inner layers and core.
That, in essence, is the medical marvel that Dr. David Dupree and his team at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, N.J., pulled off last month when they removed a 51-pound tumor from a dying woman.
“Before the operation, the doctor told me there was a mass there and that it was very big,” Evelyn, the patient who asked to be identified only by her first name, told The Daily News. “When I saw it, I was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s huge.”
Dupree the tumor “was about a third of her body weight” and took five hours to remove. “One wrong move and she would have died,” he said.
In his first extensive interview since performing the surgical feat, Dupree said the woman — a 65-year-old mother of two from Union Beach, N.J. — has made a remarkable recovery."

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