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Filipino thanks surgeon after tumor removal

Filipino thanks surgeon after tumor removal

Taipei, May 25 (CNA) A patient from the Philippines who had a nearly 5-kilogram non-cancerous tumor the size of a basketball removed from his liver at a Taipei hospital was full of thanks for the surgeon who carried out the procedure, lauding him as a person "from Buddha." John Dennis Macapagal, a professor of pathology, expressed appreciation for the Taiwanese doctors who have given him the opportunity to start a new page in a better-quality life. He said he had originally thought that if the surgery were to fail, he would have to have a liver transplant. He noted that when he first met Hsieh Chung-bao (???), an attending surgeon at the Tri-Service General Hospital, the latter asked him to "take it easy," which he said gave him great confidence. From his arrival in Taiwan on a medical visa May 13 to his operation and hospital discharge Monday, he said he has become more empathetic toward the suffering of patients. The Filipino said he detected the tumor about five years ago, and thought it was a stage-four cancer of about 20 cm. Filipino doctors had advised a liver transplant, but he opted instead for more conservative treatment because he did not want a transplant. The tumor began to grow faster about three months ago, resulting in breathing difficulties. He started to seek advice from doctors in various countries until students from Taiwan suggested that he consult six hospitals in Taiwan. Three out of the six rejected him and only Hsieh was willing to perform surgery without having to conduct a transplant. On May 15, Hsieh removed the tumor during surgery that lasted more than four hours. The patient lost over 2 liters of blood in the process, but this was far less than previously estimated. The operation left the patient with one tumor of around 6 cm still in his liver, which Hsieh predicted will grow, but will not affect daily life. Hsieh noted that the risks of this kind of surgery involve huge blood loss, but added that liver transplants are common in Taiwan and that surgery to remove liver tumors is also familiar to most surgeons. Hsieh said he was satisfied with the results of the surgery, saying that Taiwan's medical standards are on par with international levels. (By Chen Ching-fang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-27 14:10 GMT+08:00