Ho Chi Minh City -Da Lat native man Nguyen Duy Hai was successfully operated on for his 90kg tumor at 7:00pm today after a 10-hour long surgery.
Surgeons have successfully removed his tumor and are now suturing his wounds.
The 32-year-old, who has a 90kg tumor on his right leg, was operated on at 9:00am on January 5, 2012 at FV Hospital in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City in which American doctor Mc Kinnon is the main surgeon.
The surgery had been earlier expected to last from 10 – 12 hours.
Here is the live report:
6:30am: Hai was sent to the operating room.
6:40am – 8:50am: Hai was anaesthetized and sterilized on the operating table before the surgery began.
8:55am: Dr Mc Kinnon begins to operate on Hai with an electric bistoury.
10:00am: Doctors removed a part of the tumor which is 50cm long and 5 or 7cm deep.
11:00am: A foreign doctor of FV hospital told Hai’s family that the first phase of the operation is a success.
In the mean time, La Thi Thu Hang, Hai’s sister-in-law who is watching the surgery through live TV, told Tuoitrenews that during the operation, doctors took a white clot, which looked like a chicken egg.
11:15am: Doctors operated down to Hai’s rear end.
1:30pm: The surgery team halted the operation for a while to wash medical equipment and to take a short rest. Before that, they had sutured major blood vessels to prevent bleeding.
The doctors told Hai’s family that the operation is expected to finish at 9:00pm today.
7:00pm: the operation to remove his giant tumor was announced to be successful.
Hai’s operation is broadcast live
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The surgery team includes five of FV hospital’s anesthesiologists, McKay McKinnon (the main surgeon), and three surgeons of FV including Dr. Phan Van Thai, Dr. Le Duc Tuan, and Dr. Nguyen Quoc Thai. In the mean time, Dr. Gerad Desvignes, medical director of FV, is directly supervising the operation.
Dr. McKinnon has agreed to waive his fee on Hai while the remaining costs, around VND252 million (around $12,000), will be covered by donations raised at home and abroad.
Last moments before surgery
Here are the first photos taken through live TV of the historic operation:
This made him quit school at 6th grade when Hai couldn’t walk as normally as his peers.
The tumor weighed up to 25 kilograms when he was 17, prompting his family to ask the Lam Dong General Hospital to amputate the right limb.
At the time, doctors still couldn’t diagnose the cause but the tumor suffered from cracked skin and necrosis.
However, since 2001, the amputated leg developed a tumor again, which kept growing bigger to a 1-meter diameter and 80-kilogram weight now.
The swelling has since spread to his lower body and back, causing him to struggle everyday with his own body and the excruciating pain.
His tumor before the operation weighed 90 kilos.