Vietnam man undergoing surgery to get 90kg tumour removed

Hanoi: A Vietnamese man is currently undergoing an operation to get 90 kg tumour removed from his right leg.

Dr. McKay McKinnon, who is known worldwide for successfully treating similar tumour cases, visited and examined Da Lat native Nguyen Duy Hai at the hospital situated on Nguyen Luong Bang Street in District 7 shortly after he and his landed wife at Ho Chi Minh City-based Tan Son Nhat Airport on Tuesday morning, TuoiTreNew reported.

The American doctor asserted that Hai was in better health and no longer suffered from lung problems, thus his condition satisfied all requirements for the coming surgery.

Hai’s surgery is expected to last for 10 to 12 hours.

Having successfully treated many giant tumours in his 30-year career, particularly one of a similar size to Hai’s on an American woman in Michigan in 1999, Dr. McKinnon insisted he is positive about the chance of success for the surgery, which could reach 50 percent or more.

“The patient was a little bit older and in worse shape than Mr. Hai. She had a massive operation done, even when we knew her heart was not functioning and her lungs were either compromised or failing,” Dr. McKinnon said

“She survived that surgery after 50 units of blood transfusion. She was in the hospital for about 6 weeks, and required physical therapy for about a year.

“And the woman is now leading a normal life, I am happy to say,” Dr. McKinnon added.

Originally the surgery was planned to take place on November 18, with a Vietnamese – American surgeon team led by Dr. McKinnon performing the operation. However, it was called off because of Hai’s worsening health condition, a report from the HCMC Tumor Hospital said.