KOTV - 1/29/2007 10:21 AM - Updated 1/29/2007 5:04 PM
A Tulsa doctor makes a startling discovery, a giant tumor growing inside one of her patients. News on 6 reporter Emory Bryan has the story.
Taquela Hilton believes she literally owes her life to her doctor, Jennifer Cameron. It was Doctor Cameron who finally believed Taquela had something that was making her gain weight. Hilton's problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, are all connected to a single problem that was undiagnosed for at least a dozen years.
"I quit going to doctors, every one I went to told me to lose weight and I had tried every diet I could think of," patient Taquela Hilton said.
It was just 20 days ago that doctors operated and removed the problem, a benign tumor, an ovarian cyst that weighed 93 pounds.
"This was just like a big balloon, a big beach ball," Dr. Jennifer Cameron said.
No one is sure how long the cyst had been growing, but Taquela believes her weight hasn't matched her diet since childhood. She's 32 now, and both she and her doctor are optimistic.
“And I really truly believe that all these complications won't require a whole lot more intervention,” said Dr. Cameron.
"I know the weight affected my marriage, it affected a lot of things,” Hilton said. “I had faith that something would be found and it happened."
Taquela and her doctor aren't sure what will happen once her body adjusts to not having the cyst inside of her, but they are delaying a planned gastric bypass, and thinking of cosmetic skin removal surgery instead. Taquela says she drove a car for the first time in years this past week, and she's hoping to shop for some new smaller clothes soon.