Roger Logan, a 57-year-old man from Gulfport, Mississippi, recently had a 140-pound benign tumor removed from his lower stomach at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in California (video below).
"Usually I sit, and it rests on the floor," Logan told KERO.
Logan recalled what doctors had told him for years: "You're just fat. It's just fat. It's just warts developing."
Logan compared the tumor to carrying three bags of cement "all day long."
The tumor began growing 12 years ago, and continued to grow to the point that it was dragging on the ground, notes the Bakersfield Californian.
A doctor in Indianapolis told Logan that surgery to remove the tumor was a big risk.
Dr. Vipul Dev, who performed Logan's surgery, believes an ingrown hair likely caused an infection, which swelled up and basically fed off its own blood supply.
At one point, Logan became severely depressed, stopped eating and drinking, and ended up in the hospital due to dehydration and liver failure.
"We realized if we don’t do something now, I’m just going to give up again," Logan stated.
Logan’s wife, Kitty, continued to look for surgeons to help her husband.
"She just kept pushing," Logan recalled. "She wouldn’t let me quit."
Kitty found Dev in August 2016, but it took months to get through insurance complications and transportation plans.
Logan, who plans to return to Mississippi in two weeks, is hoping to do some walking and fishing.
"My feet are together," Logan stated. "They haven’t been together in years."
"We're fortunate to have a facility like this where we can do this kind of surgery with very little or no complications," Dev said.
Dev told that KBAK that a surgery such as Logan's could potentially cause serious blood loss, urinary tract infections, blood clots and respiratory issues.
Logan's road to recovery will include physical therapy so he can learn to walk again.