A group of American doctors will remove a 90-kilogram tumor the largest ever recorded in Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City next month.
Le Hoang Minh, director of the HCMC Tumor Hospital, told Thanh Nien that Dr. McKay McKinnon, a renowned Chicago-based plastic surgeon, will lead the high-risk surgery to remove the growth from Nguyen Duy Hai, a 31-year-old man, on November 18.
The surgery may last in 10-12 hours with the participation of Vietnamese doctors, Minh said.
According to a Thanh Nien source, the Ministry of Information and Communications has allowed a foreign film crew to film the surgery and broadcast it on an international medical channel.
Hai, from the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, has been diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis type I (NF-1), formerly known as von Recklinghausen disease, a human genetic disorder.
Hai was a normal when he was born but his right leg had grown much bigger than the left leg by the time he turned four.
After doctors amputated his right leg 14 years ago, a tumor kept growing and has since swallowed portions of his buttocks and back.
This July, when Hai was admitted to the HCMC Tumor Hospital, the tumor was around one meter wide and weighed roughly 80 kilograms (176 pounds).
It now weighs 90 kilograms, according to the doctors.
Hai has had to remain in a permanent sitting position even when he sleeps and must rely on his mother to attend to all of his needs.
He has been living with the tumor because his poor family could not afford surgery to remove it.
Vietnamese doctors have expressed their concerns over the risks of a surgery to remove the whole tumor, but the surgery will still be carried out given Hai's wishes and the support of the experienced American doctors.
Dr. McKinnon has performed a number of tumor removal surgeries. In 2000, McKinnon treated a woman with a large tumor disorder in Michigan. He successfully removed a 200-pound tumor in an 18-hour operation that drew worldwide attention, according to USA Today.