Man has surgery to remove tumour the size of a FOOTBALL from his face
22:29 GMT, 18 May 2012
Chen Jianguo before his face tumour was removed earlier this month
A homeless Chinese man has undergone surgery to have a tumour the size of a football removed from his face.
Chen Jianguo, 37, had been living with the disfigurement for almost 20 years until doctors gave him a new lease of life.
The tumour, which was so big it affected his eye sight and ability to eat, first appeared on his face in 1995 and continued to grow.
At its largest it completely disfigured the right-hand-side of his face, eye, and nose, and almost completely obscured his mouth.
Since the remarkable treatment his face has returned to a normal size, although his right eye is bruised and skin slightly saggy around his chin.
Not wanting to become a burden on his family Mr Jianguo left his home in Liandu, Zhaoquing in 1998 and was forced to live on the streets.
Doctors performed the pioneering surgery at the Guanghua Stomatology Hospital in Guangzhou.
Before the operation – which carried serious risks – Mr Jianguo said he would donate his organs if he died during surgery.
Chen Jianguo is seen after his face tumour is successfully removed at the Sun Yat-sen University Hospital in Guangzhou, China
However, he said if he survived he planned to go ‘straight home.’
He told reporters in May last year: ‘I will receive the operation, even if the risk of it going wrong is large.
'If successful, the first thing I'm going to do is go home. If not, I'm glad to donate my organs to anyone who needs them’.