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Three kg tumour from Muktamoni's arm removed

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Health Desk—August 12, 2017: Doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital have successfully completed the first surgery on 12-year-old girl Muktamoni on Saturday morning.

The doctors have started operation a week after doctors found the existence of a tumour in an artery of her right arm following a biopsy, according to the sources.

The operation on her right arm started at around 8:15 am and has been completed around 11:15 am at the operation theatre in the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of the DMCH on Saturday, Partha Shankar Pal, a resident surgeon of the burn unit said.

On completion of the two-hour surgery, the 12-year-old girl was taken to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Burn and Plastic Surgery in Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), said Burn Unit Coordinator Samanta Lal Sen.

A 20-member team was involved in the complicated operation, he added.

Earlier, a 13-member medical board at a meeting on August 8 decided to operate on Muktamoni as a biopsy result showed the existence of the tumour.

On August 5, DMCH doctors conducted the biopsy on Muktamoni, who has been afflicted by the disease mainly in her right arm, the condition leading to her arm swelling up like a bee hive. But it all started a long time back.

Muktamoni's parents noticed a tiny red bump on her right arm when she was one and a half years old, said her father Ibrahim Hossain.

For the next four years, the bump grew so much that it began hampering her movement, he said.

Her arm eventually became heavier than the rest of her body, which apparently shrivelled in comparison.

The state took responsibility for Muktamoni’s medical care after her story was reported in the media.

She was admitted to DMCH on Jul 11.