A man with a huge nine-stone tumor in his stomach was left unable to walk and confined to a chair was misdiagnosed by a doctor as “just fat” 12 years ago.
Roger Logan’s massive tumor began 12 years ago and eventually weighed at much as “three bags of cement” that it reached the floor when he sat down.
The doctors initially told Roger that he was ‘just fat’ and by the time the tumor was diagnosed surgeons told him it was too risky to operate on. He was told he only had a 50% chance of survival if he gamble with the operation.
Roger fell into depression and gave up manning his antique store, looking after his family farm, going fishing, and stopped eating food and drinking water. He ended up in hospital being treated for liver failure and dehydration.
The 57-year-old, from Mississippi, USA, has been living and carrying the heavy benign tumor for years. But his wife Kitty refused to give up and kept on searching for a specialist who could perform the operation.
Eventually, she met Dr. Dev, a surgeon at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in California, who had carried out similar surgery previously.
Kitty soon started a fundraising page to cover the costs of her husband’s surgery, who had to travel 2,000 miles over 40 hours to California with his chair bolted to the floor of a cargo van.
According to Dr. Dev, the tumor had probably sprung from an ingrown hair that became infected and developed its own blood supply.
The operation was successful and Roger finally got his life back.
Happy Roger told the Bakersfield Californian, “My feet are together, wiggling his toes in his hospital bed. “They haven’t been together in years.”