Hai is a rare case of a man with neurofibromatosis whose tumors have gotten completely out of control. Coming from a remote region of Vietnam, he has struggled to manage his illness. “Man With the 200lb Tumor” (Wed., 10 p.m. ET on TLC) chronicled his attempts to finally rid himself of the massive growth.
In the past, Hai had his leg amputated in an attempt to stop the tumors from growing, but this proved only a temporary measure. The growths returned and eventually created a mass that weighed more than Hai did, and it was slowly killing him.
For years, Hai couldn’t find anyone willing to undergo the risky surgery to remove the tumor, but finally he found a willing doctor in Chicago. Hai was transported there, and after a successful surgery, his family watched in tears as he took his first steps in more than a decade. It was a moving moment for everyone involved, and a happy ending after years of suffering.