A financial planner from Queens learned that his persistent beer belly was in reality a 30-pound tumor. Kevin Daly told reporters that his instinct had repeatedly told him that it was something very wrong with his belly.
In 2015, the 63-year-old man underwent an open-heart surgery. After the procedure he lost some weight, but the belly didn’t lose an ounce. His initial thought was that surgeons must have left tools in him post-surgery.
Other doctors dismissed his concerns assuring him that he just had a persistent beer belly. “I don’t even like beer,” the man said. “I was lean. I’m 6’3″ and very athletic,” he added.
The man even started dieting and working out more to get rid of the beer belly after surgery. He lost 32 pounds, but the belly was still there. Even though there were some objections from his health insurer, he managed to convince a doctor to order a CAT scan.
The images showed that his beer belly was in fact a tumor weighing 12 pounds in the midsection area. In December, when doctors took it out, they found the tumor was three times larger than estimated.
Monster Tumor Likely Needed 15 Years to Form
The tumor had spread to the man’s kidneys as well. A surgeon needed help from two residents to hold it while he was cutting it out. The surgery took four hours. Doctors said the 30-pound tumor is the largest they have removed in their entire careers.
One of the doctors unveiled that holding the tumor in his hands was a unique experience that pictures cannot decribe. Daly said he learned from doctors that a tumor that large needs up to 15 years to form. Such tumors are extremely rare because an organ usually fails before they reach such sizes.
On Friday, Daly underwent a MRI scan to see if everything was in its place after surgery. The MRI technician praised the surgeons for doing a good job.
Image Source: Lenox Hill Hospital