Doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have been able to 'cure' a 7.8 feet woman after removing a tumor responsible for her gigantic growth.
The 25-year old woman from a village in West Bengal reportedly led a life of isolation as the other villagers were afraid of her size. The woman's abnormal growth began when she was 10 years old and she soon quit school, living a life of isolation for the next 15 years.
She was brought to AIIMS six weeks ago where the doctors found that a pituitary tumor was responsible for her abnormal growth. The doctors revealed that they have removed the tumor and the woman is on the road to recovery.
"The patient's tumor went untreated for 15 years. This resulted in continuous increase in height (7 feet, 8 inches when she was operated upon) and excess weight of 130 kg. The size of the tumor was 40 mm, which is very big. Had it not been operated in time, it could have caused blindness due to suppression of the optical nerve and other fatal consequence", Dr Ashish Suri, professor of neurosurgery at AIIMS, said.