PHOTOS: INCREDIBLE TUMORS

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    This photograph released by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) shows Lakhmani Devi with a large parotid gland tumor.

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    Lakhmani Devi, who had a tumor as big as a football on the side of her face, is shown after the operation to remove the growth.

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    Jan. 28, 2009: Natalie Pierre looks away from the large mass of tumors that threatened the life of her 13-year-old son Osly St. Preux. A week after the photo was taken, surgeons at Baltimore's Union Memorial Hospital successfully removed the grapefruit-sized tumor from the Haitian boy's armpit. Hospital spokeswoman Debra Schindler says the tumor was removed Monday, February 2 with a second operation performed the next day to cover the site where the tumor had been. Schindler says the boy was able to move his fingers and arm after the removal. Keep clicking to see other incredible tumors. (Warning: Graphic)

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    Jan. 27, 2009: Dr. Ahmed Colwell from Sioux City, Iowa, shows a picture on his digital camera of a tumor they had just removed from a 4-year-old Palestinian boy at a hospital in Gaza City. The boy suffered from a kidney tumor the size of a watermelon and would not have made it without the quick intervention from the U.S. surgery team.

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    Jan. 27, 2009: Dr. Ismail Mehr, chief of anesthesiology at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, New York, tends to the 4-year-old boy following his surgery. Doctors from the U.S., who rushed to the Gaza Strip after the war, quickly learn that their challenge goes beyond treating shrapnel injuries. The Americans found themselves operating on patients who fell victim to a 20-month-border closure that crippled the health care system.

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    Oct. 26, 2008: Alex Gonzaga prepares for removal of a more than 7-pound tumor. He would have died in weeks had the growth not been removed.

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    Oct. 26, 2008: This massive tumor was removed from Alex Gonzaga. It weighed a third of his entire body weight.

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    April 5, 2007: A medical technician at Belgrade's Dragisa Misovic hospital holds an 86-pound benign tumor removed from the abdomen of an anonymous, 54-year-old, female patient in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. The patient survived the surgery and is in stable condition, the hospital said.

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    Jan. 5, 2008: Huang Chuncai eats in his ward before his second operation to remove 9.9 pounds of his facial tumors, which currently have a total weight of about 22 pounds, at a hospital in Guangzhou, southern China's Guangdong province. Huang, a 32-year-old native from a remote village in China's southern province of Hunan, had the first of his tumors, which originally weighed 50.7 pounds, removed last year. Huang suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder of the nervous system that primarily affects the development and growth of nerve tissues.

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    Dr. Niu Lizhi examines Huang Chuncai after the largest of Huang's tumors, which weighed 33 pounds, was removed in a risky operation that lasted one and a half hours, at a hospital in Guangzhou, southern China's Guangdong province. Image taken from Aug. 20, 2007 video footage.

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    Fifteen-year-old Lai Thi Dao waves to members of the media as she leaves the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center after a news conference Tuesday, April 22, 2008 in Miami. The Vietnamese girl has a 16-pound facial tumor and is in Miami awaiting surgery that will restore her ability to eat and speak. Doctors say the tumor threatens to suffocate Lai. They will remove the tumor in a 10-hour surgery on April 29. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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    Cody Hall, now 15, was born with a hemangioma, a tumorous birthmark that distorted the shape of her face and grew larger as she got older.

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    May 2008: Cody Hall, 15, heads to her prom. Thanks to doctors at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, the girl who once was hopelessly deformed, is now all smiles.

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    Dec. 11, 2008: This scar shows the spot where doctors removed the tumor from Sam's brain. Sam was 3 days old and otherwise healthy when Dr. Paul Grabb found the tumor. Grabb says that while removing the growth, he discovered it contained a nearly perfect foot and the formation of another foot, a hand and a thigh. Keep clicking to see other incredible tumors and health oddities.

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    December 2007: Paul Karason says his face turned blue after using a silver extract to treat dermatitis.

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    Terry Wright, who is naturally turning into a woman, pictured in 1983.

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    June 16: Terry Wright, who is naturally turning into a woman, is pictured at home in Redditch, U.K. Blood tests have showed the father of five has abnormally high levels of the female hormone estrogen.

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    June 2008: Alan Doherty, a 17-year-old from Ireland was born without a jaw. Surgeons at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City completed a restoration of his face in August.

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    June 12, 2007: Wang Cheng sits with her mother in their home in Xuzhou, east China's Jiangsu province.

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    November 2007: Lakshmi, named for the six-limbed Hindu goddess, was born with a parasitic twin attached to her pelvis.

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    May 2008: Sheyla Hershey, 28, of Houston, has had 8 breast enhancement surgeries and hopes to have one more, which would increase her cup size to a FFF.

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    Dec. 11: Tiffnie Esquibel kisses her 2-month-old son, Sam, while her husband and Sam's father Manuel looks on after Sam's physical therapy session. A doctor this week said that he removed a tiny tumor from the Colorado Springs, Colo. infant's brain that contained a tiny foot and other partially formed body parts.

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