A 19-year-old teen from India had his leg amputated in order to remove a 56-pound tumor that was wreaking havoc on his life.
The last few years have been life-changing for the teenage boy, whose name has not been released.
The boy’s family said that they first noticed the lump about two years ago on the boy’s right thigh, according to the New York Post.
Knowing they couldn’t afford to pay a doctor to look at the lump, let alone pay for treatment, the family did not seek medical treatment.
The tumor grew at an aggressive rate, eventually swallowing up the entire upper-half of the small-framed boy’s right leg.
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The weight and pain of the tumor changed the boy’s entire life.
His leg was swollen, heavy and painful, likely making for depressing, pain-filled days and long, lonely, agonizing nights.
The tumor eventually left the boy unable to walk.
He was bedridden for months when his family decided they couldn’t wait any longer to take the boy to a doctor.
In December, his family took the teenager to Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital in Indore, India.
They met Dr. Sonia Moses, who believed the best solution would be to amputate the boy’s right leg.
The teen was diagnosed with a connective tissue cancer called a spindle cell sarcoma, which often manifests in the bone or soft tissue, according to the American Cancer Society.
Before the surgery on Jan. 4, the boy was photographed with his medical team, who are all hoping the very best for their young patient’s recovery.
“Before the surgery, I prayed to God for the patient and team, to help us, because the tumor was very big and very vascular,” Moses said.
“It all went well. All we want is a speedy recovery for the patient.”
The tumor weighed an astonishing 56-pounds, and its removal halved the boy’s body weight.
The teen now has to learn how to walk with just one leg, but finally has relief from the constant pressure and pain of the tumor.
The patient now has a new future ahead of him, and doctors are optimistic that their young patient will make a full recovery.
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