Cancer victim's operation to remove 20kg tumour a success

Thum put up with the tumour for 6 years before undergoing the arm amputation surgery at the Penang Hospital.
PHOTO: Cancer victim's operation to remove 20kg tumour a success

GEORGE TOWN: Bone cancer patient Thum Mei San finally had her "burden" lifted after undergoing an arm amputation surgery because of a 20kg tumour growing on her left shoulder.

Though weak from the five-and-a-half hour surgery at the Penang Hospital, Thum looked happy after regaining consciousness.

"She can't speak yet due to the oxygen mask but she was smiling when we visited her," said her father Thum Soon Seng, 63, yesterday.

He said Thum was wheeled into the operating theatre at about 10am yesterday and was now recuperating at the intensive care unit (ICU).

"She was initially scheduled for the operation on Tuesday but it had to be postponed due to a fever. She was very disappointed because she wanted to do it immediately.

"Fortunately, she managed to do so today (yesterday)," he said.

Thum had been suffering from chondrosarcoma, a chronic cancer, for the past six years.

Due to financial difficulties, she did not undergo surgery earlier and only recently appealed for financial help to remove the tumour as doctors were worried that it would affect her heart.

"We are overjoyed that our daughter had the chance to undergo this surgery," Soon Seng said.

He thanked everyone involved in the operation and the fund-raising and for the prayers.

The Penang Hospital Board of Visitors chairman Lim Thoon Deong said: "Her condition is stable and she will be moved out of the ICU within a day if her condition permits it.

"She will need to follow up with an oncologist for further check-ups after she recovers."