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China's Tumor Man Undergoes More Surgery To Remove Huge Growths From His Face Weighing 3.3lbs

Huang Chuncai has undergone surgery to remove huge 3.3lb (1.5kg) tumours from his face

Huang Chuncai has undergone surgery to remove huge 3.3lb (1.5kg) tumours from his face

A Chinese man has undergone surgery to remove a 3.3lb (1.5kg) tumour from his face.

Huang Chuncai, 37, from Hunan province, has been dubbed 'China's Elephant Man'. He suffers from an extreme case of neurofibromatosis, which has caused large tumours on his face that have completely distorted his features.

He is said to have the world's worst recorded case of the condition.

 
The 37-year-old suffers from neurofibromatosis, the name for a number of genetic conditions that cause swellings or lumps. Huang is said to have the world's worst recorded case of it

The 37-year-old suffers from neurofibromatosis, the name for a number of genetic conditions that cause swellings or lumps. Huang is said to have the world's worst recorded case of it

On Wednesday he underwent another round of surgery at a hospital in Guangzhou to remove the tumour from his left cheek. 

The operation was successful and he will now have two more to try and get his condition under control. 

Neurofibromatosis is the name for a number of genetic conditions that cause swellings or lumps.

Although many people who have the condition inherit it from one of their parents, up to 50 per cent develop it randomly from a gene mutation before they are born.

 

Despite their alarming appearance, the growths and swellings - called neurofibromas and caused by a growth of cells - are not cancerous or contagious.

Huang's tumours, which five years ago were said to weigh 33lb (15kg), have put such pressure on his body that it has deformed his backbone, stunted his growth and left him in continual pain.

The tumour first became noticable when he turned four and as he grew up, it became bigger and bigger.

On Wednesday he underwent another round of surgery at a hospital in Guangzhou to remove the tumour from his left cheek

On Wednesday he underwent another round of surgery at a hospital in Guangzhou to remove the tumour from his left cheek

The operation was successful and he will now have two more to try and get his condition under control, Chinese media reported

The operation was successful and he will now have two more to try and get his condition under control, Chinese media reported

He is said to have quit school when he was 10 years old because his classmates laughed and alienated him because of his condition.

All of his teeth fell off at the age of 25 and thereafter, he found it difficult to speak and eat.

It has also been reported that several years ago, a circus approached his father to buy his son for holding 'monster performances', but his parents refused.

Huang had surgery in 2007 and 2008 - the first to remove the 33lb tumour. The surgery was extremely risky due to the  high chance of heavy bleeding.

WHAT IS NEUROFIBROMATOSIS?

Neurofibromatosis is the name for a number of genetic conditions that cause swellings or lumps.

Although many people who have the condition inherit it from one of their parents, up to 50 per cent develop it randomly from a gene mutation before they are born.

Despite their alarming appearance, the growths and swellings - called neurofibromas and caused by a growth of cells - are not cancerous or contagious.

The condition has long been associated with the ‘Elephant Man,’ the name given to Joseph Carey Merrick, who was severely disfigured.

However, in 1986, a new theory emerged that Mr Merrick may actually have had Proteus syndrome, a condition which involves symptoms such as abnormal growth of the bones, skin and head.

The confusion was again compounded in 2001 when it was proposed that he had suffered from a combination of neurofibromatosis type one (NF1) and Proteus syndrome.

However, DNA tests on his hair and bones have proven inconclusive.

 




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Comment by Cee Gee on January 2, 2014 at 8:17am

OMG....how terrible.

Comment by Linda Fergusin on January 1, 2014 at 1:00am
I wish him all the luck. The Drs can work miracles these days. God Bless him.
Comment by Big Woman on January 1, 2014 at 12:40am
God bless him and the doctors to have success in his procedures.
Comment by Kay Smith on December 31, 2013 at 3:40pm
Wishing him all the best and I hope that his surgeries are successful.
Comment by gloria harding-iheme on December 31, 2013 at 1:04pm

my prayers are with him hope the surgery will work and give him comfort

 

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