New Delhi: A heart tumor is a rare phenomenon, but a 150 gm tumour has been removed successfully from the heart of 42-year-old Babulal Gupta. The operation was conducted at Delhi's Holy Family Hospital on April 14.
- 150 gm tumour removed successfully from Babulal Gupta's heart
- Cardiac tumour is only suffered by 0.002-0.25% people worldwide
- The operation was conducted at Delhi's Holy Family Hospital on April 14
Mr Gupta is a builder from Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh. He had fallen ill a year ago and his health steadily deteriorated. Six months ago, he finally started feeling extremely uneasy and had trouble breathing.
When he got himself examined at a hospital in Gorakhpur, the doctors suggested he had a liver problem. He was asked to go to Lucknow. But instead, he came to Delhi, where the cardiac tumour was detected.
"I have been pulled out of the jaws of death... there has been a lot of support from my wife and the doctors," Mr Gupta told NDTV from his hospital bed.
A cardiac tumour is only suffered by 0.002-0.25% people worldwide. And a tumour on the outer wall of the heart on the right -- which Mr Gupta suffered, is even more unusual.
Heart tumours are rare because the cells of the heart do not divide. A tumour, which is essentially a product of abnormally fast cell division, spread from nearby organs like lungs or kidneys. The lack of cell division of cardiac muscles is also the reason why cancer rarely, if ever, develops in the heart.
"If Babulal's diagnosis was delayed, it would have been impossible for him to survive," said Dr Sinha, Cardiac Surgeon, Holy Family.
The doctors took up the case as a challenge, as they had never come across such a situation before.
In view of Mr Gupta's financial situation, the bills were kept at a minimum. Mr Gupta, who has to support his wife and four daughters, took a loan of Rs 2 lakh for the operation.