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Woman recovering after having 27-pound tumor removed

ATLANTA – A woman is recovering in an Atlanta hospital after doctors removed a massive tumor from her stomach.

Doctors said it was a complicated 8.5 hours procedure to remove the 27-pound tumor.

They initially believed the tumor was on Doris Lewis’ ovaries, but in fact it turned out to be inside her abdomen.

At first, Lewis says she didn’t know it was a tumor.  She thought she was just gaining weight.

After her husband passed away, she said she put the medical situation to the back of her mind.

Then, she lost her insurance, so when she began to think something was seriously wrong, she could not do anything about it.

Lewis went to the emergency room about a month ago when she was experiencing shortness of breath.

Doctors told her the tumor had to come out right away.

Dr. Alan Gordon said, “This thing was going to continue to grow. The good news for her was that even though it had grown a significant size, it had been doing this slowly.”

Lewis’ friends said the experience has been scary.

Her sister, Sarina Lewis, said, “It was very frightening, seeing her sick, seeing her throwing up, seeing this thing in her stomach that we had no idea about being there. Just seeing come through these hours of surgery, and the doctors saying that she’s okay, and that she did great, is very thankful and relieving.”

According to WXIA, Lewis is said to be in stable condition.