My 10st tuMour!
for years Roger Logan has spent his days confined to his armchair, unable to move. He has an enormous 10-stone non-cancerous tumour on his stomach that began to grow 12 years ago.
Initially, doctors told him he was just fat, but the growth is now so big it hangs to the floor. It’s forced him to give up working in his antique shop, but is also too risky to remove, with specialists giving him a 50 per cent chance of survival!
‘It’s like carrying three bags of cement around with you all day,’ says Roger, 57, from Gulfport, Mississippi, whose story is told in this week’s Body Bizarre. A year ago, Roger lost all hope after a chance of surgery fell through.
Depressed, he stopped eating and drinking and ended up in hospital with liver failure.
But his wife Kitty scoured the country for a specialist and found a surgeon, Dr
Vipul Dev, who agrees to perform the risky operation.
Even though the surgery could kill him, we see Roger make the 2,000-mile journey to California in the hope that surgery will help him lead a normal life again.
‘Kitty kept pushing – she wouldn’t let me quit,’ he says after the make-or-break trek. ‘But I never want to see that armchair again!’
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Risky operation… Roger with wife Kitty (right) and a family member
Housebound… Roger’s tumour left him unable to walk