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Earlier confused for fat, 130-pound tumour removed from Mississippi man

world Updated: Feb 07, 2017 09:53 IST
AP, Bakersfield

Roger Logan holds up a photo of him with a 130-pound tumour before his surgery at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital.(AP photo)

A California doctor removed a 130-pound tumour from a Mississippi man who had been told by other physicians that he was just fat.

Roger Logan, 57, had the non-cancerous growth removed on January 31 at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, where he will remain for another week or so before returning to Gulfport, Mississippi.

The tumour probably started as an ingrown hair that became infected, swelled and developed its own blood supply, Logan’s surgeon Dr Vipul Dev.

It sprouted from his lower abdomen more than a decade ago. Doctors told him: “You are just fat, it’s just fat,” Logan informed.

The tumour grew so massive that it hung to the floor when he sat.

“I used to equate it, you just put a strap around your neck and carry three bags of cement around with you all day long, just swinging,” Logan said.

Virtually unable to move, he spent most of his time in a recliner in one room of his home.

By the time the tumour reached 130 to 140 pounds, doctors told Logan it was too risky for him to have surgery, giving him only a 50% chance of surviving it.

Kitty Logan stands by her husband Roger Logan as he rests on a bed at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital two days after he had his 130-pound tumour removed. (AP photo)

But his wife Kitty scoured the country for specialists to perform the operation and found Dev, who had performed similar surgeries.

“She just kept pushing,” Logan said. “She wouldn’t let me quit.”

Logan finally made the 2,000-mile, 40-hour trip to Central California with his chair bolted to the floor of a cargo van, “just like I was in my living room at home,” Logan said.

Logan is now recovering and last Thursday he was able to walk for practically the first time in years.

“My feet are together,” Logan said, wiggling his toes in his hospital bed. “They have not been together in years.”

He is looking forward to returning home and resuming his life, out of an armchair.