Friday, 19. December 2014
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A Mexican woman who sat at home while her weight ballooned to 125 kilos was told that she had a 60 kilo tumour when she finally went to doctors for a check-up on the insistence of her daughter that something was wrong.
Mercedes Talamante, 51, said she had been completely unaware that her weight gain was from a huge tumour that had developed around her ovaries and thought it was just a natural weight gain that came from being older.
But she said she had finally decided to see a doctor after her daughter Maria told her she was convinced that she was sick.
Moises Aaron Nunez, the director of the General Hospital of Zone 26 in Cabo San Lucas, a city in north-western Mexico, said it had been a tough case as it was almost without precedent. He said: "We could not find any example of an ovarian tumour this big. There was no precedent anywhere in the world."
In hospital medics had identified the huge tumour and Dr. Gilberto Inzulza who led the team operating on Mercedes said it had taken four hours to successfully remove it from the woman's body.
A team of surgeons needed four hours to remove the giant tumour from the body of Mercedes Talamantes.
Doctor Inzulza, who is the chief surgeon at the public hospital in Cabo San Lucas, said the operation had been carried out last month but it was kept secret until it was clear the woman had successfully recovered and was ready to go home.
At a joint press conference together with the doctor she thanked him for giving her a new life and added: "I feel like a new woman. In fact after the surgery when I took my first steps, I felt like I was walking on air."
And she added that the first thing she planned to do when she got home was to go out with her daughter whose good advice had saved her life.
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