A hospital in India has successfully removed the world’s largest ovarian tumour from a 52-year-old woman.
The giant tumour weighed more than 110 pounds (8 stone) when it was removed from the New Delhi-based patient, named Nirmala, on Saturday.
Surgeons were forced to operate after the patient developed breathing problems and complained of acute pain in her abdomen.
“We had found a progressive tumour in her ovary which eventually led to pressure on her intestines,” said Dr Arun Prasad. “Subsequently this led to indigestion and an acute stomach ache.”
Prasad added he had never seen such case in his three decades as a medical professional.
It took a team of doctors three-and-a-half hours to remove the tumour, which is believed to be one of the biggest ever operated on.
In 2017, doctors in the Indian city of Tamil Nadu successfully operated on a 34kg tumour from another woman’s ovary.
Nirmala also suffered severe anaemia and was unable to walk due to the size of the benign tumour.
“With a low level of haemoglobin, this was a major task for the doctors” Prasad said.
Doctor Abhishek Tiwari also expressed delight that the patient had quickly recovered.
“She is lucky that the organs didn’t fail. Otherwise, such pressure could have proved fatal for the patient,” he said.
Prasad hailed his team for successfully undertaking the difficult procedure.
“I see it as an incredible achievement the way the operation has been performed. There was no room for error. The team’s efforts have been commendable.”