According to Chicago Tribune
, Nancy Lukee, 56, thought her stomach bulge was due to a hernia, because that is what a doctor told her. Lukee didn't have health insurance and she was not in pain, so she decided to not get a second opinion.
However, last month Lukee went to the emergency to receive treatment for Gangrene and that was when she found out she had an 80 pound cyst growing in her stomach.
Lukee was told that the cyst was noncancerous but doctors told her she had ulcers in her stomach, blood clots in her legs and lungs, as well as having severe anemia.
Lukee said that she felt a strange pain in her stomach about 10 years ago after she lifted a heavy box. She said when that incident occurred she weighed around 160 pounds. When she went to see a doctor, they told her it was a hernia and nothing needed to be done about it.
The pain eventually went away but years later her stomach started to grow and other people started to notice it.She says that she eventually weighed around 280 pounds.
When Lukee started to receive Social Security Disability Benefits and health insurance, that was when she went straight to the emergency room after noticing the tip of her finger turning black.
Lukee's surgeon, Joubin Khorsand, said that a CAT Scan and blood tests were ordered. That was when the cyst, attached to her left ovary, was discovered.
Khorsand performed a surgery that lasted a little over 2 hours. He said that the cyst's size was uncommon and it was overlooked and that is why it got as big as it got.
Since the surgery, Lukee has lost an additional 20 pounds and she also had the tip of her finger removed.
Lukee said that when she is released from the hospital she looks forward to being able to wear jeans again and being able to walk her dogs.