Pennsylvania Woman, 71, Loses Half Her Body Weight After Getting 140-Pound Tumor Removed

Mary Clancey, a 71-year-old woman from Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, finally feels the weight of her world off her back after doctors removed a 140-pound ovarian cyst from her body -- shedding more than half her body weight. (Warning: the gallery includes images that may be objectionable to some viewers).

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For many year, Mary Clancey has tried to lose weight. She would try dieting and exercising, but only get bigger over time. At that point, the Saint Clair woman believed she was destined to be a "short, fat, round, little old lady," she said.
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At 365 pounds, Clancey could barely walk or, even sometimes, get out of bed. In fact, as a result of the excess weight, blood clots developed in her legs.
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So, she went to Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest last November to get tests done for her blood clots, but little did she know doctors would discover a huge surprise.
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Clancey was shocked to find out that a tumor had been gradually growing inside of her for about 16 years. "The first thing I thought was Sigourney Weaver with the Alien," she jokingly said. "I was so scared."
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Doctors at the Allentown hospital were surprised to find the 140-pound ovarian cyst as well, and planned to remove massive tumor.
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“The mass was so big it didn’t even fit in the frame of the scanner,” said Doctor Richard Boulay, who was assigned the task of removing the tumor.
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The 5-hour operation required two tables:one for Clancey and another for the tumor. Along with the 140-pound mass, doctors removed 40 pounds of extra skin. After the surgey, Clancey stayed at the hospital for 25 days for recovery.
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180 pounds lighter, Clancey feels more confident than ever.
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“I was going to be a short, fat, round, little old lady before, so you never know -- I might just turn into a voluptuous babe,” she joked.
The 71-year-old, however, feels displeased that her old "beautiful" clothes -- sized at 3X-Large -- do not fit her anymore. "It's hard for me to part with the nice clothes I've bought," she said.
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