12/14/2005: "Singapore doctors remove giant tumor from Indonesian boy"
Thanks to Hein van den Engh from Bergen op Zoom, Netherland, who forwarded this message. Don't know why the Jakarta Post used Wahangara as Lukas' family name instead of MBIRA. But thanks God, and thanks to the Singaporean teams as well as all the contributors here in Huntsville and Dallas. It's over now and Lukas is going to have a very different Christmas this year.
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Singapore doctors remove giant tumor from Indonesian boy
SINGAPORE (AFP): Singapore doctors have successfully removed a 2-kilogram tumor from an Indonesian boy's neck and chest, a member of the surgical team said Wednesday.
Lukas Wahangara, who turned 13 Wednesday, is recuperating well after the rare operation to remove the thyroid tumor measuring 20 centimeters (eight inches) in diameter, almost as big as an adult human's head.
"He is doing very well and started speaking yesterday," said Goh Yau Hong, one of six surgeons who carried out the 10-hour operation on Nov. 28 at the private Mount Elizabeth Hospital in downtown Singapore.
Details of the operation were made public Wednesday in the Singapore media.
The operation cost more than 20,000 Singapore dollars (US$11,900) and was fully paid for by donations raised by a church here, the surgeon told AFP.
Goh chanced upon Wahangara in the island of Sumba in May during one of his charity trips to Indonesia. The grossly undersized boy was standing outside an ill-equipped hospital hoping for some help.
Wahangara was having difficulty breathing and sleeping because of the tumor, Goh said, but the boy is now ready to go back to Indonesia next week. (**)
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