New Delhi: The Artemis Hospital, a leading multi-specialty hospital in Gurgaon, has claimed that it has successfully removed a 6-kg tumor involving four vertebral segments. Arising from the D10 vertebral body, the tumor compressed the lungs, liver and chest wall of the patient. It is said to be the largest known and reported spinal tumor till date, as per the hospital.
Abdul Razzak, a young 17-year-old boy from Karvala, Iraq, was subject to a lot of humiliation in school and other public places when he went out with his family. His spine was tilting with the weight of the tumour and hampered not only his movement but, also made him a social outcast. He found it increasingly difficult to wear clothes of his size or even larger. Due to the size of the tumour he was incapacitated and could not even sit for too long. His family had approached various hospitals for the operation, but was refused treatment due to the complexity of the case. Even the doctors in Iraq refused to treat the patient, citing difficulty.
India appears to be fast becoming a favorite destination for medical tourism due to advanced yet affordable healthcare facilities for the patients from other Asian Countries and the Middle East.