Doctors have removed the world’s largest ovarian tumour from a woman’s body – weighing 50kg (8st) – in a “miracle” operation.
The 52-year-old woman, who has not been identified, had complained about her weight ballooning and was unaware of the giant growth on her ovary.
Doctors carried out the life-saving surgery at the private Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi, India, by which time the tumour had grown to make up 45% of her body weight.
Dr Arun Prasad, who led the operation, said: "I have not witnessed anything like this ever before during my profession – in over three decades of experience.
"We should consider it as a miracle that the woman is recuperating well after being operated on for over 180 minutes."
The woman weighed 106kg (almost 17st) before her operation.
Had the tumour not been treated, it could have caused her ovary to explode.
The patient had complained of not being able to walk as her feet swelled.
Her haemoglobin – a protein that transports oxygen – also began to drop as she suffered from severe anaemia, a condition which leads to fewer red blood cells.
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The woman had to undergo a blood transfusion before doctors were able to operate.
Dr Prasad said: "With a low level of haemoglobin, it was a major task for the doctors. However, we did our best, and eventually succeeded."
Another doctor involved in the surgery, Abhishek Tiwari, said he was "delighted".
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He said: "She is lucky that the organs didn't fail. Otherwise, such pressure could have proved fatal for the patient."
And Dr Prasad has praised his team of surgeons for doing a "wonderful" job.
He said: "I see it as an incredible achievement the way the operation has been done.
"There was no room for error. The team put in commendable efforts, to say the least."
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