A MAN with tumours weighing five stone growing out of his face has finally had surgery to remove it.
Andriadi Putra, 34, was born with a rare genetic disorder called Neurofibromatosis that caused mass tumours to form on his nerve tissues.
For the last two years, Andriadi, from Malaysia, has found it very difficult even to walk and lived with constant pain on a daily basis.
Andriadi and his family were unable to fund the necessary treatment.
But after he featured in a documentary, the Accu Plast Hospital in his home town of Medan, North Sumatra offered him free surgery.
In a gruelling and risky four hour operation, a team of doctors led by Dr Eddy Sutrisno were able to remove the largest part of his tumour successfully.
Initially, Andriadi suffered more blood-loss than the doctors had hoped as they manoeuvred their way around the largest veins.
But thankfully, the team pulled through and Andriadi is overjoyed with the results.
“At this moment, I’m so happy because so many people have paid attention to me,” he said.
“It cheers me up. I feel lightweight and I have more confidence.I would like to say thanks to the team at the hospital and all the doctors who helped facilitate my surgery.
He is now hoping to get the rest of his tumours removed in a follow-up operation.
Andriadi was born with a small blemish on his face but it kept growing with age.
His parents – father Ismed Triad, 60 and mother Eridah, 52, took him to a local doctors when they noticed the blemish but were told there is nothing to worry.
To supplement his family’s earrings, Putra worked at a motorcycle showroom for couple of years but was forced to quit two years ago when the weight was unbearable.
Speaking before his operation he said: “I’m in agony. My head and back hurts. I cannot work anymore.
“For the last two years, I am at home. It is getting worse. I want to a treatment that could help me live a normal life.”