27-year-old Enrique Galvan from Paraguay, was born with neurofibromatosis — a rare genetic disorder, because of which on the nervous tissues of the body appear massive tumor.
Enrique first noticed signs of illness when he was seven: the tumor began to grow rapidly on the shoulders, chest and back.
“In my childhood was not easy. — recognized Galvan — because of the discrimination I had to hard, but always met people with a good heart.”
The man went through at least 5 transactions, but none of them gave a special fruit. Doctors in his native Antonione did not have the technology needed to cope with heavy bleeding, which would inevitably follow the removal of tumors. They try to get rid of too much tissues, Enrique would have died.
In July 2018 men finally have hope, thanks to the meeting with Dr. Chris Barrios, a surgeon and traumatologist at the University of California, Irvine. They met when Galvan arrived at the examination in Bow.
“I work with the NGO IMAHelps, and each year participate with her in the annual missions to Central or South America. — he explains in an interview with the Daily Mail last year came to us by Enrique, with the consultation with the plastic surgeon”.
The surgeon said Galvan with the disappointing news: the necessary operation is too widespread to hold it in Paraguay.
“I saw the disappointment on the face [Enrique] and I felt so sorry for him. — recalls Barrios And then the plastic surgeon said, “wouldn’t it be great if we could carry out the procedure in the US, with all our cool technology”.
The doctor immediately jumped at the offer and spent the next nine months, urging the University administration to allow him to take Enrique to a charity, and then transport the patient to the States for surgery. The doctor gave permission in February — and, according to him, it was the “best news ever“.
2 Jun 2019 doctors conducted 8-hour procedure, removing from the body of Galvan 6 feet of fabric.
“We got rid of what was bothering him the most: the skin on the chest, shoulders and back. — Barrios says — Something, of course, will grow back, but [with the operation] he got a break — a much bongreater than would in another case”.
Next month the doctor will return to Paraguay to conduct another operation.
“The fact that I have the opportunity to help him just because it’s right — better than any of thanks. he admits — for the Sake of it and to become a doctor“.
Barrios hopes that others will be more likely to do so, as did the University of California — though not always on the same scale.
“No need to go to another country, — adds the doctor — but you can always do work for Habitat for Humanity, feed the homeless, distribute soup to the dining room for the poor.”
Although Enrique still has a long way now he’s waking up after surgery and looking forward to returning home. The plans of men — to enjoy a game of soccer.
“I’m so glad that I can again do what I love most, — says Galvan — especially sports and service to God.”
Neurofibromatosis occurs in 1 of 3,000—4,000 people worldwide, according to the National Institutes of Health. In addition to the tumours, patients regularly have problems with vision, hearing, and cardiovascular system. There is no cure, but doctors can follow the development of tumors and, if possible, to remove them.
A man with a rare genetic disease has removed a tumor weighing in at 6 feet, chest, back, and shoulder updated: June 12, 2019 author: Anastasia Belskaya