Less than a fortnight ago a tumour weighing 9 kg was successfully removed from the neck and chest area of a 40-year-old man, said doctors at Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI) here on Tuesday.

Siddhartha Khatua, a resident of Patashput in East Mednipur district who underwent the surgery on February 8, is recovering fast and will be released in a couple of days.

“For the last 30 years the patient was suffering the massive tumour protruding from the left side of his neck covering the entire chest. The tumour was 67 centimetres in diameter and 58 centimetres in length,” said Anupam Golash, Hand and Micro Surgeon at the Institute, who led the team that performed the surgery lasting four hours.

“It was a very critical case. The patient is anaemic with a rare blood group. So the challenge was to carry out the surgery with minimum blood loss….This tumour condition is not common. Fortunately there is no threat of cancer,” he added.

Expressing satisfaction, Mr. Khatua said: “I have suffered for several years. The tumour first appeared when I was very young and kept growing down to my chest. Because of it I could not walk for long and go about daily activities. Although I went to several doctors, none agreed to operate it…They told me that I have to live with it.”

But that was till earlier this month.