PHOENIX (KSAZ) - An amazing medical miracle, a 10-pound tumor was removed from a 2-year-old girl. Doctors at Cardon's Children's Hospital performed major surgery twice removing two large masses of tissue.
"She has these large tumors below the chest wall and both arms and her fingers," said Dr. Ravindra Vegunta.
These are not cancerous tumors, they're large masses filled with lymphatic fluid. 2-year-old Sayler is battling a rare condition that makes them grow on her body.
"The problem she has is called Insangioma, she has especially large lymphangiomas on most of her upper body," said Dr. Ravindra Vegunta.
"The one on the right side was a pretty big mass," said Gilbert Dale.
That means new masses of tissue will grow again, they develop when lymph fluids do not drain and build up in sacs around the body.
"It's dangerous in many ways, she's got lymphangioma around her heart, it's consumed her heart, she's got it around her bronchial tubes we have to deal with a lot of infections," said Dale.
"The good thing is her face and most of her neck has not been marred, and as you can see she's a very pretty girl," said Dr. Vegunta.
Doctors will eventually remove the growths on her arms and forearms, her mother and father are grateful for the support of family and friends in this battle, and Sayler is taking it all in stride.
"Play on the swings, she spends a lot of time with her sisters drawing and coloring and singing, she's a champ," said Dale.
Now Sayler has the chance to live the life of an ordinary 2-year-old.
Cardon doctors say Sayler is doing fantastic after her most recent surgery last month. She's recovering better than expected and they will monitor Sayler's condition for a while before removing any more growths.