A 60-year-old woman is lucky to be alive after surgeons removed two giant ovarian tumours weighing 78lbs (35kg) which were taking up 80 per cent of her abdomen.
Arati Adhikary was taken to hospital 10 days ago with a bloated stomach and severe abdominal pain, when doctors found tumours on both her ovaries.
The shocking growths – which together weighed the same as a big Labrador – had to be cut out in an operation lasting several hours.
Ms Adhikary had been struggling to walk because of the size of the lumps, which were so large and had grown so far from her ovaries they were pressing on her liver.
The surgeon who performed the operation said he does not know of any other surgery on such large tumours in India's recent history.
And tests have not yet confirmed the cause of Ms Adhikary's condition – though the lumps could be cancerous tumours or cysts.
Ms Adhikary is now recovering in hospital after the operation on Saturday and is expected to be discharged within the next week.
Arati Adhikary, from Kanchrapara in the Indian state of West Bengal, approximately 31 miles (51km) from Kolkata, was admitted to hospital several days ago in July.
She was suffering from severe pain in her upper body, she was not able to walk independently and had a bloated belly.
Doctors did several tests and an ultrasound scan, which revealed she had tumours growing out of both of her ovaries.
Tumours took up 80 per cent of her abdomen
The tumours were so large they took up 80 per cent of Ms Adhikary's abdomen, pushing her other internal organs out of the way.
The growths had expanded so far they were pressing on her intestines, liver, and diaphragm, making it difficult for her to breathe.
This means the huge lumps of tissue stretched from her pelvis, where they started in the ovaries, to her ribcage, which encases the liver and diaphragm, filling most of the space in between.
Dr Mriganka Mouli Saha, assistant professor and gynaecological surgeon at the College of Medicine & JNM Hospital in West Bengal, led a team of six doctors during the operation.
He said: 'The patient had a huge abdominal swelling and was in lot of pain.
Tumours so big patient could not walk or breathe
'She could not walk without any support and had respiratory problems as well.
'Two tumours were removed from her ovaries in a two-hour long operation.
WHAT COULD CAUSE HUGE GROWTHS ON THE OVARIES?
It is possible that the growths on the ovaries of Arati Adhikary, who had 78lbs of flesh removed from her abdomen by surgeons in India, could be either cancerous tumours or ovarian cysts.
An ovarian cyst is a common condition in which a fluid-filled sac develops on a woman's ovary.
Most go away on their own and do not need medical treatment, but if they do not and are not seen by a doctor they have the potential to grow out of control.
Symptoms can include pelvic pain, pain during sex, a change in periods, needing to urinate more often, and bloating.
Ovarian cancer, meanwhile, is a much more serious – and potentially life-threatening – condition with similar symptoms.
In patients with cancer the tumour can grow over time as cells continue to multiply, but it becomes more and more difficult to treat as it gets larger.
Symptoms are similar to those of a cyst and can include feeling bloated, discomfort in the tummy or pelvic area, feeling full quickly when eating, or needing to urinate more often or more urgently than normal.
'One was over 20kg and the other was around 15kg. The total weight of the tumours was 35.4kg (78lbs).
'It was a very risky operation. The patient could have collapsed during the surgery.
'No such big ovarian tumour has been operated successfully in the country in the recent past.'
Ms Adhikary is stable and expected to remain under observation for two days, and to be discharged within a week.