A woman with a gigantic tumour growing from her thigh, two metres long and weighing over a hundred kilos, is unable to move from her bed even as the tumour slowly rots and festers.
The woman (48) began feeling a pain in her left leg, which grew to become a gigantic sarcoma, now so large as to preclude movement and requiring her to eat several times her normal diet to fuel its inexorable growth.
Parts of the growth have hardened or festered, resulting in the variety of hues visible.
The tumour started growing early in her life, at around 17-18, and gradually grew, so much so that in 1983 she finally managed to have it amputated.
However, barely a year had passed before it returned, growing rapidly to the size of a fist. Seeing that it appeared to have stopped growing, and having little cash to pay medical expense, she simply ignored it.
All was quiet until three years ago, when it suddenly began growing again. Soon she could not rise from her bed, such was its grotesque bulk. The growth impeded circulation to her leg, and soon it began to fester.
According to her husband, she is small and frail, weighing only 35kg, yet she eats twice as much as her husband, all to nourish her thriving tumour.
She lacks even the money for a diagnosis however, so precise details are lacking. Donations from friends and family, along with the labours of her husband, are all that keep her fed.
With surgery estimated to cost at least $30,000, they have no chance of accumulating the funds. Using the Internet they have begun to accumulate some funds, but are a long way off an operation…
At over a hundred kilos the tumour may very well be the world’s largest, with previous gigantic growths apparently “only” managing 50kg or so.
Leaving severe medical problems to grow into catastrophic ones over decades seems to be a pastime peculiar to the Chinese of late. We have seen any number of similar cases, and even a few with (relatively) happy resolutions…