A 40-year old man in Bristol has had a part of his rib replaced with a concrete panel following a surgery to remove a 1.5kg tumor from his chest.
Marek Barden suffered an accident on his bicycle and thought that the lump in his chest was from the broken ribs. However when he underwent an MRI scan, the doctors found a huge tumor in his chest and the lump was the tip of that tumor.
The doctors then conducted a six hour surgery to remove the tumor but also removed six ribs, the lining of his left lung and part of his diaphragm. The doctors replaced the ribs with a 3-4mm thick, 25cm square concrete panel on his right hand side.
Barden, who is a verger at the city's Lord Mayor's Chapel, said that he was lucky to be in Bristol at the time of his surgery. "It could have been growing for some time before I even knew about it and having the accident brought it to my notice I suppose. I was lucky it happened in Bristol because the team up at Frenchay are I think probably the best team in the country for this", he said.