Doctors in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday said a woman with a large tumor developing from her breastbone for more than a decade has fully recovered from a surgical procedure to have it removed.
To Thuy Trang, 48, said that the tumor first appeared as a pea-sized growth on one of her breasts, before growing to the size of a water melon over the next years.
Vu Huu Vinh, chief surgeon at Cho Ray Hospital, said doctors had to remove her breastbone and replaced it with titanium plates.
They had to give the patient three liters of blood during the five-hour procedure on November 21.
According to doctors, the tumor weighed down on her heart and lungs and could have killed her.
“It's the biggest breastbone tumor we have ever seen in Vietnam,” Vinh said.