33 Lb. Tumor Removed From Child

By Amir Khan on June 27, 2012 10:02 AM EDT

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Mexican doctors say they have removed a 33 pound (15-kilogram) non-cancerous tumor from a 2 year old child (Photo: Creative Commons)

Mexican doctors say they have removed a 33 pound (15-kilogram) non-cancerous tumor from a 2 year old child, they announced on Tuesday. Dr. Gustavo Hernandez, who performed the surgery, said the tumor weighed more than the child, who weighed 26 pounds at the time of surgery.

Doctors say Jesus Rodriguez was born with a lump that grew to cover the entire right side of his body, from hip to armpit. The surgery took place at the La Raza Medical Center in Mexico City on June 14, and Hernandez said it took doctors over 10 hours to remove the tumor.

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Rodriguez is recovering and doing well, doctors say. The operation also marks the first time Mexican doctors have removed a tumor bigger than the person it was on, they said.

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