Surgeons remove 'beach ball-sized' tumor from Atlanta area woman

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comJune 12, 2014 

An Atlanta area woman is now free of a "beach ball-sized" stomach tumor following a Tuesday afternoon surgery at Emory University Hospital, according to WSB-TV.

Doris Lewis, 59, had earlier told the news station that she did not have health insurance, and struggled to find a surgeon who could remove the tumor, which doctors told her was benign.

“It's getting bigger every day,” Lewis said last month. “I can feel it on my body. My heart hurts a little bit.”

The tumor was attached to several of Lewis' organs, according to Emory's Dr. Alan Gordon, the surgeon who removed it.

The tumor actually ruptured during surgery. Gordon said it was filled with "12 to 13 liters" of fluid — about 27 pounds.

According to WSB-TV, when Lewis' daughter learned the tumor was gone, she began to cry.

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