Vietnamese doctors said Wednesday (November 9) that a surgery to remove a 90-kilogram tumor on a 31-year-old man - the largest tumor ever recorded in Vietnam - may not be carried out as planned given the man's unstable condition.
Le Hoang Minh, director of the HCMC Tumor Hospital, told Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper that a lung scanning on November 8 showed Nguyen Duy Hai had pleural effusion, which would cause respiratory failure for a patient during operation.
The hospital will hold a consultation to determine whether surgery could be performed on November 18 as planned, Minh said.
Previously, the hospital told local media that a group of five American doctors led by Dr. McKay McKinnon, a renowned Chicago-based plastic surgeon, would come to Ho Chi Minh City on November 16 to perform the surgery to remove the tumor with the help of Vietnamese doctors.
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 normal when he was born, but his right leg grew much bigger than his left leg by the time he turned four years old.
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 approximately 1 meter wide and weighed about 80 kilograms (176 pounds).
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 family could not afford surgery to remove it.