Mexican doctors say they have successfully removed a 33-pound (15-kilogram) benign tumor from the body of a 2-year-old child.

Dr. Gustavo Hernández says the tumor was heavier than the child who at the time of the June 14 surgery weighed 26 pounds (12 kilograms).

Hernández said Tuesday the child from the northern state of Durango was born with a lump that eventually covered the right side of his body from his armpit to his hip.

Hernández says it took doctors at the La Raza Medical Center in Mexico City 10 hours to remove the tumor. Hernández is the director of pediatrics at La Raza hospital.

He says the boy is recovering and doing well. The doctor also said the operation marked the first time Mexican doctors have removed a tumor bigger than the person carrying it.

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