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Posted: June 11, 2014

Doctors remove beach ball-sized tumor from woman's stomach

The tumor has been inside Doris Lewis, 59, for two months and has reached the size of a beach ball.

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            Doctors remove beach ball-sized tumor from woman's stomach
The tumor has been inside Doris Lewis, 59, for two months and has reached the size of a beach ball.

By WSB-TV – Atlanta

ATLANTA —

Doctors completed surgery Tuesday afternoon to remove a massive beach ball-sized tumor from an Atlanta area woman's stomach.

Doris Lewis talked to WSB-TV last month about her difficulty finding a doctor willing to remove the large benign tumor since she didn't have health insurance.

She initially thought the tumor was just excessive weight gain. Eventually, the pain was so severe she called 911 and ended up at Emory, where doctors agreed to operate.

Dr. Alan Gordon, the surgeon who removed the cystic tumor at Emory University Hospital Midtown, said the growth was attached to several of Lewis’ internal organs, including the wall of her stomach.

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The growth was filled with so much fluid it ruptured during the procedure. “A total of about 12 to 13 liters, so that would be about 27 to 28 pounds of fluid,” Gordon said.

Gordon said the surgery went well. Without the procedure, he said, the tumor would have continued to grow and could have affected Lewis' breathing and digestive system.

Lewis' daughter, Sarina, cried tears of relief immediately after doctors removed the giant fluid-filled growth.

“(We’re) very thankful and relieved. It's just so overwhelming and I'm thankful and I'm happy she was able to make it,” Sarina said.

Doctors said Lewis will be at Emory for the next several days. They plan to have her get up and try to move around as early as Wednesday.