Man Finally Gets 8-Pound Facial Tumor Removed After Dozens Of Failed Surgeries

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Lucas was born with a rare lymphangiomatous tumor on his face. By the time he was 10, he had undergone 24 surgeries. None were successful in treating the tumor.

It wasn’t just superficial, either. The lymphangioma caused blurred vision, a burst eardrum, and extreme pain. Lucas appeared on The Doctors, where he was put into the care of Dr. Gregory Levitin, Director of Vascular Birthmarks and Malformations at Mount Sinai in New York City.

Dr. Gregory performed a life-changing surgery on Lucas to finally rid him of the tumor that burdened him for over two decades. Lucas no longer has to live a life in constant pain.

“It’s a just a whole different world,” Lucas told The Doctors. “Not having that weight on you is completely different… It’s something that I never thought would happen, and it happened. It’s changed pretty much everything for the better.”

Dr. Gregory explained that for many people with such tumors, the mass can become a drain on the body. Thus, when it is removed, they often have increased energy, better sleep, and a generally improved quality of life.

Lucas has made a 180 with his life. Prior to the tumor’s removal, he was taking 100 ibuprofen a week. Today, he doesn’t take any.

With a newfound independence, he has been able to move out of his mother’s house and finally begin his life. Please SHARE this story with your family and friends on Facebook!

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Photos: The Doctors

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