A 62-year old man’s supposed ‘beer belly’ turned out to be a 30-pound tumor, CAT scans revealed!
Kevin Daly from Hoboken, New Jersey was shocked to learn that his protruding abdomen, which looked like a beer belly, was actually a 30-pound cancerous tumor.
In 2015, Kevin had open heart surgery. At the time he weighed 230 pounds, so he decided to follow his doctor’s diet plan in order to lose weight.
Kevin consistently began losing weight after his regimen, but the mass on his abdomen would not budge. He told New York Daily News that he thought the doctors had left stuffing and tools inside him during the surgery. His weight had dropped to 198 pounds by October 2017.
The financial planner from New Jersey was repeatedly told that he was gaining weight on his belly due to changes in testosterone levels and age. He was not a frequent consumer of beer, hence the assumption that it was a ‘beer belly’ was wrong.
Daly fought with his insurance company to get a CAT scan in December 2017, when it was discovered that his abdomen actually had a 30-pound tumor inside it. Kevin reports that he had an inkling that something was wrong, even before the tumor was found.
His surgery was done at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
Dr. Julio Teixeira, Daly’s surgeon told Newsweek that it was the largest tumor he’d ever seen and it was difficult to even hold it in one’s hands.
Rachelle Daly, Kevin’s wife, told TODAY that during the surgery she made the difficult decision to remove his kidney. The organ had the cancerous tumor wrapped around it.
Teixeira reported that the surgery was challenging due to the size of the tumor. And it lasted 4 hours!
New Jersey 101.5 reports that Kevin is now below 180 pounds in weight and has had two MRIs after the surgery to confirm that his tumor was completely removed. His organs, which had been pushed off position due to the tumor, have returned to their proper positions.
One Twitter user aptly described people’s feelings after reading Kevin’s story: