This is the incredible transformation of a farmer who had a 3-pound tumor removed from his throat.
Somai, 55, thought it was a swollen thyroid gland and ignored the growing lump for 20 years before it became to large and painful to bear.
He visited doctors and scans revealed it was a sub-mandibular tumor. Surgeons spent 3.5 hours painstakingly cutting it out.
The surgery was a success, and Somai, who did not want to reveal his surname, can now move his head without pain for the first time in years.
The farmer from Basti, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, will be discharged from hospital in the coming days.
"The patient visited our out patients' department on July 12, and we admitted him," Dr. Onkar Vedak, who was part of the surgical team at King George's Medical University Hospital at Lucknow, said. "After going through the scan reports, we decided to remove the growth at the earliest, and the surgery was conducted the next day on July 13. The surgery was quite challenging and took about 3.5 hours."
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"It was sub-mandibular tumor and was pressing hard on the carotid arteries which are major blood vessels in the neck that supply blood to the brain, neck and face," Vedak said. "The sub-mandibular glands are below the jaw. They secrete saliva under the tongue."
"If the tumorous nodules were small, it would have been easy to operate," Vedak said. "But, Somai was carrying a massive lump. After the operation the weight of the tumor was found to be 1.4 kilograms (3.08 pounds), which is quite rare. The patient is recuperating post-surgery, and will be discharged after his stitches are removed."
The surgery was conducted by chief surgeon Dr. Sunil Kumar, and assisted by Vedak, Dr. Priyanka Shrivastava, Dr. Krishna Choubey, Dr. Ampu Hage and anesthetist Dr. Ehsan Siddique.