Tumour man's chest rebuilt with concrete
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:21 AM
A church worker who had a melon-sized tumour removed from his ribs has had his chest rebuilt using CONCRETE. Marek Barden — who calls himself the bionic man — was diagnosed with cancer in August 2011 after complaining to doctors about a lump. They found a 1.5kg chondrasarcoma tumour, which is extremely rare and thought to be the largest of its type, wrapped around his ribs and pushing against his spleen.
Within five weeks of the discovery, Marek underwent a six-hour operation to remove the tumour, the lining of his left lung, six ribs and part of his diaphragm. A 25cm square cement panel was then installed to replace his ribs. Muscle from his shoulder was used to repair his diaphragm.
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