Mastectomy is a surgical procedure carried out to remove the breast, usually done in cases of cancer. In a very rare incident, a 11-year-old boy from Wythenshawe, Manchester has undergone a mastectomy.
Lewis Deakin has been diagnosed with a rare condition which causes benign tumors to grow in his arteries. This is termed as arteriovenous malformation (AVM).
Surgeons at Birmingham Children's Hospital have performed the surgical procedure to remove his right pectoral muscle. The tumor began to grow in his chest three years ago. He has had 15 surgeries in the last two years.
His Mother Victoria said, "I would just crumble if it was me but Lewis is really good. It was a really big lump on his chest and it even stretched out his clothes. One teacher thought he had a beanbag up is top. He is the only child in the country that has had a mastectomy. As he gets bigger they will be able to reconstruct his chest."
He has made a speedy recovery after the surgery in April 2014, but he still requires regular check-ups.