You go on a diet, but you continue to gain weight.
You notice your arms and legs and getting thinner, but your stomach is growing. You begin to wonder what’s happening. Is there a diet in the world that causes this? No, there isn’t.
One 24-year-old woman in Mexico experienced just this. Everyone kept telling her that she was surely pregnant – her stomach had swelled so much in just a few months.
But the truth was altogether different – and significantly scarier.
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When her situation became so bad that she had trouble walking, eating and even breathing, the woman was taken to Mexico General Hospital.
After being admitted, the 24-year-old met Dr. Erik Hanson Viana.
He took no time at all in sending the woman for scans. When the pictures came back, a scary realisation was made.
The doctors had discovered an ovarian cyst that had grown to such giant proportions as to threaten her life.
The cyst, weighing an incredible 33kg, had begun to compress the two main blood vessels in her body.
As a result, she was at high risk of a heart attack, and so immediate surgery was necessary.
“It was so large that it took up 95 percent of the patient’s abdomen,” Dr. Viana said, as per The Telegraph.
For the surgeons, there were two options. Either they could slowly drain the cyst of liquid and then remove the remnants via an operation, or they could immediately remove the cyst in its entirety.
Although sure to leave a big scar, the woman opted for the latter route, which proved to be an extremely risky procedure.