- Santlal Pal had a 4.1lbs (1.87 kg) mass pulled out of his head by surgeons in Mumbai
- The grueling procedure lasted for 7 hours and took place at the BYL Nair Charitable Hospital
- The removed brain tumor was believed to be world’s largest brain tumor ever to be operated on
Indian doctors have successfully removed a 1.87 kilogram tumor from a 31-year-old man believed to be the world’s largest brain tumor ever to be operated on.
The surgery lasted for 7 hours and was done last February 14 at the BYL Nair Charitable Hospital in the western city of Mumbai.
“The tumor was so big that it appeared as if a second head was mounted on top of the patient’s head,” Srikanth Balasubramaniam, a senior surgeon who was part of the operating team, told DW.
But the procedure was not made public as doctors were not sure until now if it had been successful.
“Now it’s a matter of recovery but he’s out of danger,” Dr Trimurti Nadkarni, chief of neurosurgery, told the BBC.
For several years, Santlal Pal has seen his head swell to dazzling proportions as the tumor emerged from his skull and seemed to never stop growing.
Prior to his operation, the 31-year-old patient had been told his condition was inoperable by three different hospitals.
Luckily, Dr. Trimurti Nadkarni, a neurosurgeon at Nair Hospital in Mumbai, India, and his team were up to the task.
“There was no other answer. When you know the tumor has to come out, you have to do it,” he said.