A 57-year-old man who was assumed to be morbidly obese and was told as much by other doctors has had a 130-pound benign tumor removed that had been growing for more than a decade.
The weirdest part? The man’s surgeon believes it was all due to an ingrown hair that became infected.
Roger Logan of Gulfport, Miss. said the tumor was like hauling bags of cement around with you all day.
“I used to equate it, you just put a strap around your neck and carry three bags of cement around with you all day long, just swinging,” Logan said.
After numerous visits to doctors and not getting new answers, Logan found Dr. Vipul Dev, who is based in California.
Before long, Logan traveled from Mississippi to California — 2,000 miles and 40-plus hours in the car.
He said the trip was no different than being in his living room, where most of the time he sat in a recliner.
The tumor was so big it touched the floor when Logan sat.
He said that doctors previously gave him a 50 percent chance of surviving a surgical procedure, but with the support of his wife Kitty, he soon found Dr. Dev.
Logan is now recovering, and last Thursday he was able to walk for practically the first time in years.
“My feet are together,” Logan said, wiggling his toes in his hospital bed. “They haven’t been together in years.”
He is looking forward to returning home and resuming his life, out of an armchair.
“I never want to see that armchair again,” he told the Bakersfield Californian.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.