Mind and Body

Man Lives With 186-Pound Tumor on Leg

  • A handout photo made available on June 17, 2011 shows officials talking with Nguyen Duy Hai (L), 31, Da Lat, Lam Dong province, Vietnam.

    A handout photo made available on June 17, 2011 shows officials talking with Nguyen Duy Hai (L), 31, Da Lat, Lam Dong province, Vietnam.  (Handout)

  • Nguyen Duy Hai (R), 31, living in Da Lat, Lam Dong province,  Vietnam, suffering from a large tumour.

    Nguyen Duy Hai (R), 31, living in Da Lat, Lam Dong province, Vietnam, suffering from a large tumour.

  • epa02782555 A handout photo made available on 17 June 2011 showing the tumour of Nguyen Duy Hai, 31, living in Da Lat, Lam Dong province, Vietnam, 15 June 2011. Nguyen Duy Hai appealed 17 June 2011 for funds to have an 80-kilogram tumour removed from his leg, the biggest ever recorded in Vietnam, according to one expert. The tumour has been growing on the right leg of Nguyen Duy Hai, 31, for over 30 years, despite an amputation at the knee 14 years ago, he told the German Press Agency dpa. Because of the 1-metre-wide growth, "I cant do anything, I canonly sit and lie down," he said in his home in the town of Da Lat in the countrys Central Highlands. The tumour is the largest ever documented in Vietnam, Vu Van Thach, head of examination department of Hanoi tumour hospital, told dpa. "Its a record as far as we know," he said. Hai's family are too poor to afford another operation after the amputation in 1997 failed to check the growth. He lives under thecare of his 61-year-old mother. The tumour is non-cancerous and could be due to a genetic mutation, doctor Vu Van Thach said. "If it was malignant he would not be alive now," he said.  EPA/HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES   Original Filename: 02782555.jpg

    epa02782555 A handout photo made available on 17 June 2011 showing the tumour of Nguyen Duy Hai, 31, living in Da Lat, Lam Dong province, Vietnam, 15 June 2011. Nguyen Duy Hai appealed 17 June 2011 for funds to have an 80-kilogram tumour removed from his leg, the biggest ever recorded in Vietnam, according to one expert. The tumour has been growing on the right leg of Nguyen Duy Hai, 31, for over 30 years, despite an amputation at the knee 14 years ago, he told the German Press Agency dpa. Because of the 1-metre-wide growth, "I cant do anything, I canonly sit and lie down," he said in his home in the town of Da Lat in the countrys Central Highlands. The tumour is the largest ever documented in Vietnam, Vu Van Thach, head of examination department of Hanoi tumour hospital, told dpa. "Its a record as far as we know," he said. Hai's family are too poor to afford another operation after the amputation in 1997 failed to check the growth. He lives under thecare of his 61-year-old mother. The tumour is non-cancerous and could be due to a genetic mutation, doctor Vu Van Thach said. "If it was malignant he would not be alive now," he said. EPA/HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES Original Filename: 02782555.jpg  (Handout)

His 186-pound tumor is record-breaking, but the size of his smile is what's really remarkable about Nguyen Duy Hai.

The 31-year-old Vietnamese man has had a tumor growing on his right leg since soon after he was born.

Despite having an amputation at the knee 14 years ago, he still has a growth wider than three feet. 

"I can't do anything; I can only sit and lie down," he said in his home in the town of Da Lat in the country's Central Highlands.

The tumor is the largest ever documented in Vietnam, Vu Van Thach, head of examination department of Hanoi hospital, told German press agency DPA.

Hai's family are too poor to afford another operation after the amputation in 1997 failed to stop the growth, and now he is appealing for funds to afford medical help.

The tumor is non-cancerous and could be due to a genetic mutation, doctor Vu Van Thach said.

"If it was malignant he would not be alive now," he said.

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