Chinese Doctors To Operate on Tortoise Woman
Posted on January 8, 2010
Sun Fengqin, aged 47 who is from Inner Mongolia, suffers from a 25 kg (over 55 pounds) nerve fabric tumor on her back that has plagued her existence at its current size for more than two decades.
She is a poor woman and cannot afford the highly sophisticated surgery required to remove it. Doctors at Xijing Hospital have agreed to perform the operation at no cost to her.
Surgeons will remove the tumor, but they have some heavy concerns.
“The main risk is a massive hemorrhage. During the surgery, we may need to transfuse her with up to 10,000cc of blood, which is equal to three times the blood in her body,” says Plastic Surgeon, Guo Shuzhong.
Cruelly dubbed the “tortoise woman,” Sun told doctors that the tumor started as a yellow birthmark on her back. Over the years it grew and grew until it became so big that it interfered with her ability to walk upright.
“By the time I was 20 years old, the tumor had grown into the size of a rice bag, but it is now so big and heavy that I have to lean forward when I walk,” says Sun.
The doctors claim the tumor can only be removed surgically and the procedure is quite risky and complicated.
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