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Health News: Doctors remove 33-pound tumor from 2 year old boy

Jesus Gabriel

Mexican doctors say they have removed a 33-pound (15-kilogram) tumor from the body of a 2-year-old, Jesus Gabriel. Gabril weighed only 26 pounds (12 kilograms) at the time of surgery.

Dr. Gustavo Hernandez says the child from the northern state of Durango was born with a benign tumor that eventually covered the right side of his body from his armpit to his hip. As he grew the the tumor grew with him. It begin to cut off his flow of oxygen.

Hernandez says it took doctors at the La Raza Medical Center in Mexico City 10 hours to remove the tumor on June 14. Hernandez is the director of pediatrics at La Raza hospital.

He says the boy is recovering and doing well. The doctor also said Tuesday that the operation was the first time Mexican doctors have removed a tumor bigger than the person carrying it. They expect Jesus Gabriel to make a strong recovery.

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