Woman with outsize tumour recovering after surgery

Doctors who removed a 36-kilogramme malignant tumour from the stomach of a 47-year-old woman said the patient was recovering well and could be released from hospital within a week. During the seven-hour operation performed in December doctors had to deal with severe bleeding, repeatedly giving the patient blood transfusions. Doctors say they will publish a report on the case which is unique in this country and as far as they know abroad as well. The chief surgeon said he could not understand why the woman had not sought treatment earlier or why the family had not responded adequately to her problem since the weight of the tumour confined her to bed and she was unable to live a normal life.