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A 60-year-old man in Nepal had an enormous tumor removed from his face after suffering with it for nearly his entire life.

Patryn World Latest News reports that Since the age of 12, Krishna Prasad Bhattarai has suffered from Neurofibromatosis—a very rare condition that causes tumors to form in the brain, spinal cord, and nerves.

“People were too scared to speak to me,’” he said via Patryn. “They would look at my face and walk in the opposite direction. It has been a very lonely life.”

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The tumor was so heavy it hung to his waist and he reportedly needed to carry it in a bag. It also began to smell over the years due to infection.

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Doctors told him there was nothing they could do — until about a year ago, when he met the doctor that would give him “a whole new life.

After seeing Bhattarai, Dr. Shakya, a medical director and cosmetic surgeon at Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital, and a staff of 11 other doctors began planning the complex procedure.

A few months later, the team removed the 11.1 kg (24.47 pound) tumor during a seven-hour operation.

“This was possibly the biggest tumor we have ever operated on so it made the surgery very challenging,” Said Dr. Shakya, who offered his services free of charge. “But to see his face after was wonderful. He is very comfortable now. A much happier man.”

Bhattarai is able to work and earn money and is no longer ostracized from strangers and the people within his community.

He still has some facial disfigurement and boils but The Daily Mail reported he has not suffered any complications following the surgery.

“Everyone is now friendly with me,” Bhattarai said. “I am more confident and I love to work. It feels good to earn money for myself. I am so happy.”

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