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The Doctors of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, performed a surgery on Amar Samad, a 19-year-old tribal boy from Jharkhand, India to remove football-sized tumor from his jaw. The surgery, which was done at no charge, took 14 hours. It involved the reconstruction of Amar's jaw using his leg bone. It was the largest jaw tumor of its kind ever reported. The football-size mass of matter (weighing 10.5 lbs) started growing on Amar’s upper jaw in 2008. The dense collection of bone and fibrous tissue was diagnosed as “ossifying fibroma".  This led not only to a grotesque appearance but also difficulty in swallowing and speaking. Amar also suffered from a parathyroid adenoma (a benign tumor of the parathyroid gland), which might have initiated the problem. This was also surgically removed.

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