Unique surgery helps woman beat cancer

March 25, 2008 9:03:02 AM PDT
A cancer patient who refused to give up, even after doctors told her there was no hope, went home from the hospital Tuesday. Brooke Zepp is cancer-free.

Some of the top cancer specialists in the country told her that her tumor was inoperable. A tumor bigger than a golf ball surrounded her major artery and was hidden by six major organs--her stomach, pancreas, liver, spleen and large and small intestines.

Doctors said she would die within six months, but she got help from the organ transplant center at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital. It took seven surgeons 15 hours to remove all her organs, along with the tumor, then they put the organs back in her body.

"I wanted to prove that there is hardly any such thing as inoperable cancer for anybody out there. That is being told that they have cancer that cant be operate on. Keep looking, keep looking," said Zepp. "I am like an all or nothing kind of person. I want a real life. I don't want to live a half a life, and I feel free now."


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