It's been years since 57-year-old Roger Logan has been able to walk, much less manage his Mississippi antique store or go fishing like he used to love to do. What's holding him back? A nearly 140-pound tumor growing from his stomach.
The tumor started developing about 12 years ago, Logan told The Bakersfield Californian. He saw multiple doctors about the growth and received the same response each time: He's "just fat." The tumor continued to grow to the point that Logan was stuck living his entire life from a large gray armchair.
One doctor told Logan it was too late to operate and gave him a 50-percent chance of survival, while two other doctors said they could remove the tumor — only to back out of the procedure at the last minute, Logan said. He fell into a deep depressive episode, and after two weeks of refusing to eat and drink water, he ended up in the hospital with liver failure and dehydration. It was then that he and his wife, Kitty, decided something had to be done — right away.
"We realized if we don't do something now, I'm just going to give up again," he said.
In August 2016, Kitty found Vipul Dev, MD, a plastic surgeon in Bakersfield, California. The couple made the 2,000-mile road trip from Gulfport, Mississippi, to the West Coast in a large cargo van with Logan still sitting in his oversized armchair, which was bolted down in the back.
Dr. Dev, who believes Logan's tumor started as an infected ingrown hair, successfully removed the nearly 140-pound mass on January 31 at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. Logan is now working his way through a two-week rehabilitation program in California, the Washington Post reports, and he walked for the first time in years last Thursday.
What's next for Logan? Once he's fully healed, he says he wants to return to going fishing — and swapping his old gray armchair for a loveseat that he can sit on with his wife.
"I never want to see that armchair again," he said.