The growth was filled with so much fluid it ruptured during the procedure. "A total of about 12 to 13 liters, so that would be about 27 to 28 pounds of fluid," Gordon said.
Gordon said the surgery went well. Without the procedure, he said, the tumor would have continued to grow and could have affected Lewis' breathing and digestive system.
Lewis' daughter, Sarina, cried tears of relief immediately after doctors removed the giant fluid-filled growth.
“(We’re) very thankful and relieved. It's just so overwhelming and I'm thankful and I'm happy she was able to make it,” Sarina said.
Doctors said Lewis will be at Emory for the next several days. They plan to have her get up and try to move around as early as Wednesday.