Friday, 27 December 2013
Chinese man undergoes surgery on Christmas Day to remove the 17.5kg tumour which has grown across his face
Huang Chuncai had a 17.5kg tumour from the right-side of his face cut off in two operations in 2007 and 2008, and another 1.5kg cut away this Christmas Day
Growth: Doctors have cut off a lot already but say he will need more operations
A chinese man has undergone a third operation to remove a giant tumour from his face.
Huang Chuncai had more surgery on Christmas Day to remove the 17.5kg tumour which has grown across his face.
Chuncai, who turns 36 on Sunday, has suffered with these shocking facial tumours since he was a child, and doctors are finally hopeful they can all be removed.
The farmer, from central China's Hunan province, suffers from neurofibroma, a genetic disorder in the nerves causing disfiguration.
His is said to be the most severe case of the condition ever recorded.
He had two operations in 2007 and 2008 to shrink the growth, with doctors cutting away a staggering 17.5kg from the right-side of his face.
But it grew rapidly on the left side over the last six years, so he had to have another operation this week to remove another 1.5kg in a hospital in Guangzhou.
Unlucky: The left side grew quickly over six years
But his troubles are far from over, as doctors have said he will need to have at least two more operations in the future.
A lump first began to grow near his left eye when he was just four-years-old, and he was eventually made blind in that eye when he reached his teens.
The weight of the tumour meant he had to stoop when he walked, and his backbone is now deformed.
He is also only 1.35 metres tall as a result.