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120 lb. woman survives 200 lb. tumor

  1. Oct 21, 2005 #1

    Les Sleeth

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    This afternoon I saw a Discovery Channel special on neurofibromatosis ("elephant man's disease") where a 120 pound woman, Lori Hoogewind, had a 200 pound tumor removed from her body:

    http://www.discoverychannel.co.uk/medicalstories/feature1.shtml

    During the over-20 hour operation 50 pints of blood were transfused, and once the tumor was removed it left an open wound that covered 40% of Lori's body, leaving her mortality chances (and pain level) similar to that of severe burn victims. Five skin grafts later she had put on 20 (healthy) pounds and was living a normal life. An amazing story of Lori's optimism, and the skills of medical science.
     
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  3. Oct 21, 2005 #2
    I saw the fattest dog ever today... It was wider than I am and only came up to my knee. Fat ****ing dog, I'll tell you!
     
  4. Oct 21, 2005 #3

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    When I hear things like this, I can't help but wonder why the tumor was allowed to get so large before being removed. Those with neurofibromatosis have many tumors affecting nerve endings, so I can understand not removing all of them, but once they reach a certain size, you'd think it would be removed much earlier than 200 lbs!
     
  5. Oct 21, 2005 #4
    That is what I am wondering! Does this person just sit there and wonder, hmm why do I all of a sudden weigh another 100lbs, or 50lbs, or hell 20lbs. I always thought women were obsessed with weight, you would think she would be going crazy after gaining 10lbs!
     
  6. Oct 21, 2005 #5

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    I am not sure about this, but because it grew in her midsection, I don't think she realized it was tumor (i.e., rather than weight gain) until it was so big doctors believed it would kill her to remove it. It took her a year to find a doctor who would agree to attempt the surgery, and he only did then because the strain on her heart from all the blood the tumor required was going to kill her anyway. They show the surgery, BTW, it is amazing. They had to use a wheelbarrow to take the tumor to the lab to test for malignancy.
     
  7. Oct 21, 2005 #6

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    What, so now she weights -80 pounds? :P jk
     
  8. Oct 21, 2005 #7
    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  9. Oct 21, 2005 #8

    Les Sleeth

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    :uhh: Duhhhhhh, isn't that 92 pounds? Sheesh. :rolleyes:
     
  10. Oct 21, 2005 #9
    my grandmother had a... 40lb i believe.. tumor removed about a year ago. might have been a bit bigger, i forget. but she had no idea that she had it. it was in her stomach, and she thought it was just normal weight gain. needless to say she was quite pleased to have it removed. we joked for a while that it must be nice to lose 40lbs so easy. "man, wish i had a tumor" was the joke. we were really scared at thet time though of course.
     
  11. Oct 22, 2005 #10

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    I remember hearing about another woman who had a massive (>50kg) tumor... the woman had agoraphobia which is why she allowed it to get so large without getting treated.
     
  12. Oct 22, 2005 #11
    how heavy is a pound?
     
  13. Oct 22, 2005 #12

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    1kg = 2.2 pounds i believe
     
  14. Oct 22, 2005 #13

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    According to the article, it was on her back (a common place for such tumors), and she had many others removed, which is also common for people with neurofibromatosis, so you'd think they'd have carefully monitored it and she and her doctors should have known the risk of not getting it removed early. Perhaps her doctors were not as familiar with the condition as they should have been; it is somewhat rare.
     
  15. Oct 22, 2005 #14

    Les Sleeth

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    Yes, I must have missed that during the program (I was making pizza :tongue2: while I watched). One thing that really impressed was Lori's courage. No complaining about the pain, which had to be awful. The teamwork of the doctors was inspiring too. Great stuff.
     
  16. Oct 22, 2005 #15
    I'm wondering if she had medical coverage, she of course could not work..and Michigans welfare/SS health coverage is really bad. That might of been why it was put off so long.
     
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