World's BIGGEST brain tumour removed after patient told it was INOPERABLE

Santlal Pal a cloth seller had a 4.1lbs mass pulled out by a team of experts in Mumbai in a mammoth operation

It reportedly took a team of experts seven hours to remove the mammoth tumour at the BYL Nair Charitable Hospital in Mumbai.

The tumor weighed 1.873 kgs which is the largest weight of a brain tumor to be excised successfully in the world. Mr. Pal is recuperating in the Intensive Care Unit and in stable condition.

"It was an extremely daunting and complex surgery", the hospital's head of neurosurgery Trimurti Nadkarni said.

According to Nadkarni, 90 percent of the tumor was located between Pal's skull and his scalp; just 10 percent of the tumor grew within the skull.

It is not yet clear whether or not Pal's sight has been restored following the procedure, but the BBC reports that doctors are hopeful that he will regain his vision as he continues to recover from the extreme operation. The mass appeared as large or larger than Santlal Pal's head. The same pressure might have also caused complete paralysis and neurological damage. "We have not found any tumor as big as this".

Stemming from within the brain, the tumor protruded the skull and continued growth on the man's scalp.

During the operation, the doctors "had to cut open the scalp and remove the tumor".

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"Now it's a matter of recovery but he's out of danger", Dr Nadkarni told the BBC.

Doctors are now waiting to see whether Pal will regain his eyesight.

Mr Pal needed a transfusion of 11 units of blood and then spent three days on life support afterwards but has since made a good recovery.

Pal's wife, Manju, told the Hindu that the couple consulted several doctors in Uttar Pradesh but were told that the tumor was inoperable.

After a series of MRI and CT scans of the brain, a specialised CT angiography was performed to study the blood supply of the massive brain tumour. "The part of the tumor within the skull was removed by making an opening in the skull".

For now, the medical professionals are uncertain what kind of tumor it was; samples have been sent away for testing to determine if the growth was malignant (cancerous) or benign.

Santlal Pal, 31, was brought to Mumbai after several hospitals refused to admit him because they deemed the surgery too risky.

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