When Daly first underwent an open-heart surgery in December 2015, his doctor told him that he needed to lose weight in order to keep his heart healthy, but despite maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and abstaining from drinking and smoking, Daly’s bulging belly hadn’t moved an inch.
The 63-year-old visited many doctors and nutritionists but they all told him the same thing: he was getting old and his metabolism was slowing down, contributing to the accumulation of visceral fat in his abdomen. But despite the doctors’ reassurances, Daly knew that something was not right with him. His fears were soon confirmed after a CAT scan revealed that there was a 30-pound behemoth growing in his belly – and it was not fat.
Removing the 30-Pound Tumor
63-year-old Daly had a surgery to remove a strange mass from his abdomen which had shown up in a CAT scan. The doctors at New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital assured him that the surgery would be minimally invasive and wouldn’t take more than an hour to complete, but the procedure turned out to be extremely complicated when the surgeons dissected the patient’s stomach only to reveal a tumor 30 pounds heavy. The surgery ended up taking 4 hours to complete as doctors struggled to get the enormous tumor out in one piece.
The scary beast growing inside Daly’s stomach had enveloped all his vital organs, wrapping itself around his left kidney. To tackle the monstrous tumor and remove it from Daly’s body without rupturing it, the surgeons had to compromise his left kidney which had been completely invaded by the 30-pound mass. Julio Teixeira, who was the main surgeon responsible for the procedure, said that he had never in his life seen a tumor that big before.
Feeling Like His Old Self Again
After the surgery, Daly said humorously that he just had a huge C-section and gave birth to a giant baby. The procedure which was originally supposed to be ‘minimally invasive’ as per the doctors’ assurance, left the 63-year-old with a 16-inch-incision.
But for a man who had already been through a scary open-heart surgery, recovery from the ‘C-section’ was a breeze. After being discharged from the hospital, Daly couldn’t believe that he was 30 pounds lighter than he had been only days ago, and now has a lean, flat belly.
Daly says that he can’t wait to get out in the golf field after recovery and show off his new toned tummy to friends who had been making fun of him for years, accusing him of having a ‘beer belly’. “I didn’t even like beer!” Daly exclaimed. The 63-year-old is currently undergoing physical therapy to regain his strength after the procedure. Even his wife is thrilled to see him in the same amazing shape as he had once been in college.
Biggest Tumor He Had Ever Seen!
Julio Teixeira said that the size of the tumor was probably the highlight of his 30-year-career. The most ironic part of the entire incident was that Teixeira, who was specialized in minimally invasive operations, had to perform the most maximally invasive surgery in the hospital’s history. The incision was even bigger than what the surgeons would normally perform on pregnant women during a C-section.
Teixeira explained that they cut open as much of the patient’s abdomen as possible since the tumor had invaded his entire body starting from the very top of his diaphragm all the way down to the pelvis. The chief surgeon called out all the available surgeons in the hospital to help him remove the heavy tumor without rupturing it.
Reports from the procedure revealed that the 30-pound mass was a liposarcoma, a relatively harmless and slow-growing tumor which grows inside abdominal fat tissues and can only be removed through surgery.
Currently, Daly seems to be in good health but if the tumor returns again, he may have to go under the knife again – although Teixeira promises that next time the procedure will be minimally invasive since the regular scans will be able to pick up on any early signs of tumor buildup.