Hospital Releases Woman With Giant Tumor
Mon Apr 5, 9:58 AM ET
BUCHAREST, Romania - A woman whose 176-pound benign tumor was removed by an American surgeon and Romanian doctors was released from the hospital on Monday, 10 weeks after surgery.
Lucica Bunghez, 46, underwent several skin transplants to cover the part of her body affected by the removal of the giant tumor on Jan. 21, Realitatea TV reported.
"The goodness of the doctors and their smile gave me a breath of life," Bunghez told a news conference. "They gave me positive energy which took away three-quarters of my suffering."
Bunghez suffered from neurofibromatosis, or NF, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that causes disfiguring tumors to form on nerves throughout the body.
Her tumor covered much of her back and ran halfway down her thighs. Without it, she weighed 88 pounds. The growing tumor had absorbed blood and nutrients from her body like a giant parasite, doctors said.
Dr. Ioan Lascar, a Romanian, and Dr. McKay McKinnon, a plastic surgeon from Chicago, led the surgery team.
McKinnon offered his services for free after the Romanian government said it could not afford the $300,000 needed to send Bunghez to the United States for the surgery.
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