Man with a 6kg tumour on his neck has undergone the operation

June 4, 2014  18:37

Stefan Zoleik, Slovakia, has undergone successful 5 hours operation and to remove the growth endured 10 years with the fatty lump growing from ear to ear.

'I'm really looking forward to getting back to normal. I'll finally be able to go for a beer with friends without people turning their heads and pointing at me', said he after having his bandages removed for the first time.

The tumour was caused by a rare condition called Madelung disease, which causes fatty tumours to grow around the neck.

The retired plumber rarely left his house as people would give him funny looks in the street and he would struggle to move his head properly.

Mr Zoleik added: 'Everybody was turning and looking at me. It was very unpleasant. It also bothered me all the time when I moved my head.The doctors wanted to make the operation much earlier, but they couldn't because of the problems with my legs.'

The surgeon who removed the tumour, described it as 'very rare' and added: 'The tumour can not be removed completely and may even return.

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