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10 Year Old José Serrano Taking Viagra To Shrink Giant, Life-Threatening Neck Tumor

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Most people don’t think of Viagra as a drug that’s meant to shrink parts of the body, but that is exactly how the popular medication may save the life of a 10-year-old boy in Mexico.

Jose Serrano, though he lives in the crime-ridden border town of Ciudad de Juarez, is just a regular kid with a sweet, gap-toothed grin who likes to play and ride his bike. But his life is hindered and may even end due to a massive tumor on his neck.

The gigantic growth causes painful cysts, restricts José’s movements and is putting pressure on his windpipe making it difficult for him to breathe. Doctors also worry that the growth, which now stretches across his chest, could spread inside his body to his lungs.

The growth, called a lymphangioma must get smaller before doctors are even able to operate on him.

That’s where Viagra comes in. As anyone who has watched any TV at all in the past decade knows by now, the drug sildenafil — the generic name for Viagra — is primarily marketed to treat male erectile dysfunction. In men who are unable to achieve an erection, sildenafil causes smooth muscle tissue in the penis to relax, allowing the influx of blood which leads to an erection.

But recently, researchers have also found that sildenafil is effective in shrinking tumors. That’s why 10-year-old Jose is now taking the drug.

"If the doctors can cure me I will be so happy," the boy said. "I would be thrilled. I would be healthy and I'd be able to do anything I want."

The drug is expensive and the treatment costs “more money than we'd see in a lifetime,” his mother, Cindy said. But the family is receiving financial assistance from a New Mexico church.

"Words can express how grateful we are to the people who have helped us," Cindy said. “It's surreal. It feels like a dream come true."

See a short documentary about José below.

SOURCES: Daily Mail, Huffington Post, YouTube, Net Doctor