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Like many hospital-goers, Doris Lewis of Atlanta went to the emergency room after she experienced shortness of breath.

A month later, she is in stable condition after a complicated, 8.5-hour surgery that cut a massive, 27-pound tumor out of her abdomen.

At first, Lewis didn't know it was a tumor -- she thought she was just gaining weight. She then lost her husband, and then her insurance. By the time she went to the hospital, doctors said its removal was imminent.

"This thing was going to continue to grow," Dr. Alan Gordon of Emory Hospital said to 11 Alive. "The good news for her was that even though it had grown a significant size, it had been doing this slowly."

Friends of Lewis had been concerned.

"It was very frightening, seeing her sick, seeing her throwing up, seeing this thing in her stomach that we had no idea about being there," said Sarina Lewis.

Lewis is expect to be back on her feet by Wednesday.

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