The man who had the “biggest brain tumor” removed in the world

The man who had the “biggest brain tumor” removed in the world

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A 1.8 kilogram brain tumor.

That’s what they removed the Indian Santlal Pal, 31, on February 14 in Bombay, India.

The doctors who participated in the operation assure that the tumor can be “the largest in the world”.

The surgery, which lasted seven hours, was performed at the Nair hospital in Bombay.

The procedure had not been made public until now because the doctors wanted to make sure that the intervention was successful.

“Now it’s a matter of recovery, but it’s out of danger,” Dr. Trimurti Nadkarni, head of neurosurgery at the hospital , told the BBC.

Santlal Pal, who is a merchant and lives in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, lived with the tumor for three years before surgery.

” l tumor was much larger than his own head” , he described the neurosurgeon Trimurti Nadkarni newspaper The Hind.

But fortunately only 10% of the tumor grew inside the skull.

 

Pal's wife feeds him after surgery.
Copyright of the AFP image
Image caption Santlal Pal recovers from surgery that took about seven hours.

 

The doctors said that Pal had lost vision because of the tumor , but they hope to recover it while the recovery process continues.

His wife told The Hindu that doctors from three different hospitals in Uttar Pradesh had claimed that the tumor was not operable.

“These cases are critical,” said Dr. Nadkarni.

The doctor added that Pal needed 11 blood transfusions during the operation and then was connected to an artificial respirator for a few days.

Regarding the size of the tumor, Nadkarni said that with his team they reviewed “all available medical texts”.

“We have not found any as big as this tumor , ” as he told The Hind.

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