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AIIMS doctors remove world’s largest goiter weighing 2.91 kg

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New Delhi, (IANS) Doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said on Thursday that they have removed a 2.91 kg goiter, said to be the world’s largest, from a 60-year-old woman.

A resident of Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, Noorjahan had come to the AIIMS with a very large lump in the neck region in May.

The doctors carried out a series of tests including X-ray, CT scan and thyroid functioning tests after which they decided on a surgery which took place on June 8 — but with a different technique.

“Noorjahan was suffering from the problem for the past 20 years. She did not have any major problem in eating, breathing, and was without any pain but it was putting pressure on nearby organs, causing heaviness and breathing problems,” said Pratyusha Priyadarshini, senior resident doctor at the AIIMS’ surgery department.

“In such cases, the patient is usually put on anesthesia and then a tube is inserted in the trachea for airway management. But here we wanted to insert the tube into her trachea while she was awake because of the narrowing of the trachea and then later put on anesthesia,” he told the media.

Calling the surgery a challenging one, S. Chumber, professor, department of surgery, said: “The major problem was that the size of the goiter was very large that compelled us to modify the surgical techniques. The trachea, esophagus, recurrent laryngeal nerve of both sides and the main vessels of the neck were close to the thyroid.”

He further said that to avoid any damage to the trachea, a temporary tracheotomy was done, in which a tube was inserted in the windpipe to assist her in breathing.

Finally, the six-hour surgery was successful and doctors removed the goiter. She remained in observation until she recovered completely.

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President Ram Nath Kovind Pays His Condolences to Former UN Chief Kofi Annan

Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 "for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world".

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India condoles former UN chief Kofi Annan's death.
India condoles former UN chief Kofi Annan's death. Flickr

India on Saturday condoled the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan with President Ram Nath Kovind expressing his condolences to the former Ghanaian diplomat’s family and the UN community as a whole.

“Sorry to learn of the passing of former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan,” Kovind said on the Rashtrapati Bhavan Twitter handle.

“My condolences to his family and to the UN community,” he stated.

Annan, 80, died on Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness, with his wife and three children by his side.

“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that the former Secretary General of the UN and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness,” his family said.

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Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. Flickr

Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

He also led a UN commission to investigate the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar.

The Myanmar government led by Aung San Suu Kyi supported Annan’s recommendations on the crisis in the country’s Rakhine State.

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Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 “for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world”.

His tenure as the UN chief coincided with the Iraq war and the HIV/Aids pandemic. (IANS)

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