A taxi driver no longer has an Incredible Hulk neck after surgeons removed the enormous tumour that had gone untreated for two decades. Adolfo Abo, 59, from the Philippines, used up all of his life-savings on having his huge growth looked at by doctors when it first appeared in 1993.
But, unable to afford a follow-up, the tumour quickly spread to his chest – making him look like he had a muscle-bound neck like the one sported by the Marvel comic character.
The growth became so bad that the minivan driver could no longer turn his head to look into his mirrors or bend down to pick up passengers’ luggage.
However, after Ara Grace, a kind-hearted family friend, photographed him and made an appeal online, the father-of-three has had the tumour removed.
Now Mr Abo, from Occidental Mindoro – 120 miles (193km) away from the capital Manila, can finally work again and is ‘eternally grateful’.
The operation was estimated to have cost around £10,000 ($13,400), which Mr Abo claims he would never have been able to afford.
Luckily, his appeal was broadcast on state TV and well-wishers footed the bill for his life-changing operation in September.
Surgeons at the Urology Clinic Luna Goco Medical Center in Capalan City removed the growth after an operation lasting several hours.