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Chinese man hospitalised with 100-kg tumour


Beijing:  Doctors in a hospital here are preparing to remove a tumour weighing more than 100 kg from the waist of a patient who has lived with it since childhood, media reported.

Yang Jianbin, who is in his 30s, was given two hospital beds at the PLA’s Hospital 304 to accommodate his 1.2-metre-long tumour, which currently makes up nearly two-thirds of his total body weight, a Global Times report Monday said.

“We weighed him a few days ago and he was around 150 kg,” the report quoted Yang’s father as saying

Tests showed Yang suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that affects the normal growth and development of cell tissue.

Yang first discovered the tumour when he was a primary school student in Jingzhong, Shanxi Province, but family members paid little attention until it began to grow.

Yang has previously undergone treatment and surgery for the growth, but local doctors failed to completely remove it.

Over the past two years, the tumour has grown rapidly and has begun to hinder Yang’s movement.

I can only lie down or sit, and can’t do anything else. My family has to do all the work while I just sit there being useless,” said Yang.

Yang and his father estimate the surgery may cost some 500,000 yuan ($80,500) and are concerned the family will be unable to cover the costs, the report said.