Vietnamese young man struggles with giant penis tumor

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Black, thickened skin from a childhood tumor covers the genitals and buttocks of 26-year-old Dao Van Dong from central Vietnam

A young man in the central province of Binh Dinh just wishes to have a smaller penis so he can go to school and work like other people.

Dao Van Dong, 26, was born normal until around a year later when his penis developed a small tumor and kept growing.

Now, his male organ is as big as his own head. Black, thickened skin covers his genitals and his buttocks, as well as the lower half of his back. He also has many black moles all over the body.

His parents took him to Cho Ray, a leading hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, when he was five.

Doctors diagnosed him with Retroperitoneal Neuroblastoma, one of the most frequent solid tumors of child age and a benign one that can be treated with surgical or chemotherapy methods or a combination, according to studies.

They conducted an operation to remove it, but it came back soon after and has caused constant pain.

"When I was little, the tumor was just an extra piece of fat, but after the surgery it has kept growing," Dong said in a Dan Tri report.

The family is too poor to ever take him back to the hospital to find out what was wrong.

Dong dropped out of school in eighth grade, not only because he was embarrassed, but also because the tumor had become too painful for him to concentrate on anything.

His parents said they noticed his poor mental ability since he was born and Dong agreed that he had to struggle to keep up with his classmates.

He said he used to feel intimidated but people gradually understood and stopped teasing him.

"The best time is festivals and days like that, when friends and neighbors come to my house to visit. But even then I feel envious of them."

Dao Van Sanh, 52, said he could not afford to provide his son with more treatment.

Sanh and his wife grow rice on more than 700 square meters of land, and also raise some chicken. They already have to be very thrifty to provide for another child studying in Ho Chi Minh City.

Donations to help the family can be sent to Sanh at Thiet Tru Village, Nhon Hoi Commune, Binh Dinh Province. Sanh can be reached on his cell phone at 0168 3077 633.

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