Talk about a medical miracle. We had a 32-year-old woman, Kayla, on the show this morning who had a 93-pound tumor that went undetected for approximately 15 years. FIFTEEN years. She started putting on weight at age 16, and no doctor could tell why... They all thought she was just terribly obese. Finally, last year, they found a tumor and operated on her in January. At one point, her weight topped out at over 560 pounds. Kayla has already lost over 200 pounds, and is on the road to a healthy recovery.
In the control room during this segment, there was a collective gasp when the still pictures of the tumor were put up on the screen. Everyone's jaws were literally hanging open, wondering how something like this could be. Check out this photo:
One doctor compared the weight of the tumor to that of a small, adult woman. I was sort of joking when I quipped that the tumor is almost the size of my mother, but that's actually true, and doctors concur. It was in the shape of an enormous beach ball, and felt as if she was carrying around twelve gallons of milk.
In this day and age when we have incredible medical advances almost every day, can send people to the moon, and communicate with individuals all over the world through the click of a mouse, it is simply mystifying that something this severe could go undiagnosed for so long. Kayla was happy to be here, feeling healthy, and told us that she feels "lighter." That must be the understatement of the century.