An 11-year-old girl from Heilongjiang province successfully underwent an eight-hour operation to remove a giant ovarian teratoma (a germ cell tumor) bigger than two footballs and is now recovering at a hospital in Guangzhou.
In 2009, the girl named Han Bingbing in Heilongjiang’s Harbin was diagnosed with ovarian teratoma. Her family brought her to Beijing to seek medical treatment for her tumor, although no good news came from the journey. The tumor continued to grow in size, and on June 18, she was finally admitted to a hospital in Guangzhou. The tumor, at that time, had already occupied five-sixths of her abdominal cavity. It was so big that it caused her internal organs to collapse and suffer from failure, which could have easily resulted in the girl’s death.
Within five days, the hospital had helped this girl collect donations worth 12 thousand RMB from different sectors of the society for a necessary operation. After eight hours of surgery, the giant tumor, weighing 15kg, was successfully removed from Han’s little body.
Li Chaolong, a medical expert at Fuda Cancer Hospital who operated on Han, said that this was the biggest tumor he’d seen in such a young person in his entire 40-year-long career.
“Bingbing…you will be able to lead a new life,” he told her.
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By Jennifer Hui