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South African returns from the US for life-saving surgery

A Midrand doctor removed the largest kidney tumour in the history of medicine in a record-breaking operation.

A 57-year-old United States citizen recently returned to South Africa, his birth country, after more than 35 years to undergo a record-breaking and life-saving operation to remove a massive kidney tumour, which American doctors had refused to operate on.

Interviewed after the recent two-and-a-half hour operation to remove the tumour, a tired but relieved Dr MC Conradie, a urologist who practices at Netcare Waterfall City Hospital in Midrand, confirmed that, at 3.2kg, this was the largest kidney tumour that was removed in a laparoscopic surgical procedure in the history of international medicine.

“The patient’s original CT scans did not reveal the true size of the tumour and we were astonished when we were able t