TU-MUCH: Surgeons Remove OAP’s Massive 22lb Tumour

Surgeons in Turkey have removed a massive, 22-pound tumour from the abdomen of an elderly woman who went to hospital for shortness of breath.

Turkan Karademir – of Divrigi, Sivas Province – had been complaining to doctors of abdominal and lower back pain for three years.

But the mother of four was sent home each time, with medics telling her variously that her pain was due to trapped gas, weight gain or simply old age.

Dr Savas Karakus holds a large tumour that was removed from the abdomen of a 72-year-old patient named Turkan Karademir in Sivas, Turkey. (@doc_dr_savas_karakus/Newsflash)

But the 72-year-old started to experience such breathlessness and pain that she had to be taken to Divrigi Sadik Ozgur Public Hospital on 25th June.

From there, she was referred to Sivas Cumhuriyet University Hospital for tests, which was when the giant tumour was found.

Surgeons removed the incredible mass in a complex, four-hour operation.

A large tumour was removed from the abdomen of a 72-year-old patient named Turkan Karademir in Sivas, Turkey. (@doc_dr_savas_karakus/Newsflash)

Pictures taken after the op show the blue and brown marbled tumour the size of a medicine ball being held by surgeon Dr Savas Karakus.

After a brief period of recovery, delighted Turkan was discharged.

Dr Karakus said: “I have never encountered such a large mass in my 25 years of professional life.”

The team who helped Dr Savas Karakus to remove a large tumour from the abdomen of a 72-year-old patient named Turkan Karademir in Sivas, Turkey. (@doc_dr_savas_karakus/Newsflash)

He said the tumour weighed an amazing 10 kilogrammes (22 lbs) and measured 55 centimetres (22 inches) across.

Newly-recovered Turkan said: “I was having difficulties in eating, breathing, bending over. I was in pain and went to the hospital in Divrigi.

“I was brought to Sivas Cumhuriyet University Hospital. Then Savas and Dilay [another of the team] did my surgery.”

Turkan Karademir, 72, was operated on by Dr Savas Karakus and a large tumour was removed from her abdomen in Sivas, Turkey. (Newsflash)

She added: “I did not have much pain and I became younger after the operation.”

close

Don’t miss Our New Story!

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.