200 lb MONSTER! - page 3

Anyone else see this surgical show on Discovery Health? A lady from Mich. had a 200 lb NF tumor that doctors had refused to remove due to poor prognosis. A plastic/reconstructive surgeon from Chicago... Read More

  1. by   canoehead
    Thanks- I think if I knew I was going to die anyway I would say "go for it" and try the surgery and at least have some dignity in my appearance. The poor woman.
  2. by   thisnurse
    thanks for posting the article. this really is fascinating.
    for anyone who watched the show....how did they take it out of her? by using their hands or some kind of lift? i imagine that would be 200 lbs of slippery goop.
  3. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    I can't remember which parts were real and which parts I got from a Stephen King novel about the same subject (freaky.....)

    OMG! I was sitting here thinking the same thing! The book was the Dark Half, which was hard reading for sure... creeeeeeeepy!
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN

    OMG! I was sitting here thinking the same thing! The book was the Dark Half, which was hard reading for sure... creeeeeeeepy!
    Yeah, Dark Half! That's one of the few King novels I haven't read. I started it, just couldn't finish it...

  5. by   night owl
    They failed to mention that once it was removed, it began to make an audible sound from it's sharp pointed teeth. It cried and farted. Then to everyone's suprise, it started to speak. "I do believe I'm not in Hoodewind anymore!" With that said, it bounced from the hoyer lift, rolled across the room and out the doors, cussing and swearing all the way never to be seen or heard of again...or has it?
    I think I smelt it in my bedroom last night because after that, I heard some cussing...Nahhhhh, it couldn't have been.....:stone

    I did see this some time ago when it first aired...unbelievable, but interesting.
    Last edit by night owl on Jul 11, '02
  6. by   Kikumaru
    Having read all these postings made me reflect on this woman's situation. When I was in school for my LVN I had a teacher who was a known diabetic (adult onset). She developed a mass within her abdominal cavity weighing about 60 to 70 lbs. As my career progressed I have heard of other diabetics who also have had masses removed which are rather large. I realize that this woman has NF but wonder if she has other comorbidities.
  7. by   illya
    i am sorry i missed that program, bravo zulu to the surgeo and his team
  8. by   debralynn
    A tumor! Thats the ticket. I'm not really overweight, no; its just an ugly tumor! Do you think when they "suction" out my "tumor" I'll be at an ideal weight? Sorry I couldn't resist, I know, I am one sick puppy making jokes out of a tumor! Did I fail to mention that it is 3:57am. Can I use that as an excuse?
  9. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote from NurseDennie
    What's a "NF" tumor?
    An NF tumor can be one of a few things. It can be a neurofibroma (A usually benign tumor originating in peripheral nerve fibers and composed chiefly of Schwann cells.). It can also be a plexiform neurofibroma (A neurofibroma in which Schwann cells proliferate inside the nerve sheath, producing an irregularly thickened, distorted, tortuous structure. Also called plexiform neuroma.)