Mexican doctors remove 33-pound tumor from 26-pound 2-year-old

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In this still image taken from an undated video released by the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, an image created through medical imaging technology shows an X-ray-like image of 2-year-old Jesus Rodriguez, prior to having a benign tumor removed from his body. Mexican doctors successfully removed a 33 pound tumor from the toddler that weighed more than his body.
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(AP) MEXICO CITY - Mexican doctors say they have removed a 33-pound (15-kilogram) tumor from the body of a 2-year-old child who weighed only 26 pounds (12 kilograms).

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Dr. Gustavo Hernandez says the child from the northern state of Durango was born with a lump that eventually covered the right side of his body from his armpit to his hip.

Hernandez says it took doctors at the La Raza Medical Center in Mexico City 10 hours to remove the tumor on June 14. Hernandez is the director of pediatrics at La Raza hospital.

He says the boy is recovering and doing well. The doctor also said Tuesday that the operation was the first time Mexican doctors have removed a tumor bigger than the person carrying it.

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