Remember Roger Logan, the Mississippi man who traveled cross-country this year in a cargo van to have a 140-pound tumor removed from his abdomen at a Bakersfield hospital?
His story, which was circulated around the globe, will be retold on national television Wednesday during an airing of The Doctors TV Show. Since the operation, Roger has been recovering well, but still needs at least one more surgery, his wife, Kitty, told The Californian in a phone call from their Gulfport, Miss. home.
Logan’s tumor, which likely started as an infected ingrown hair, changed the way he lived, robbing him of his career, his hobbies and his life. Initially, some doctors told him it was “just fat,” and others said surgery was too risky.
The growth became a 140-pound anchor that relegated him to a life in an armchair in his living room, never more than a few steps from the toilet. That changed in January.
He traveled to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in January, where Dr. Vipul Dev excised the benign tumor.
That’s when the media circus began. The story was picked up by New York Daily News, CNN, The Washington Post and The Associated Press, among many others. Logan’s wife, Kitty, joked that Logan’s head had gotten so big they would need the cargo van just to transport it back to Mississippi.
When they did get home, they were greeted by friends and members of their church, who, to Kitty and Roger’s surprise, remodeled their living room, where Roger spent most of his time in his armchair. Local television reporters waited as Roger walked to his porch, something he couldn’t do for years.
She didn’t mind seeing her husband’s story circulated among news outlets around the world, she said, because it could help others living with large growths and give them hope for new lives.
“It’s been great for the most part. I mean, everybody’s gonna have some haters out there, but for the most part, it’s really supportive. He still has people from all over other countries who follow him on Facebook and send well wishes,” Kitty said. “We’re excited to once again get the story out there.”
At least six more people with growths like Roger’s have called Dev since the story went viral, she added. Others with loved ones in similar situations from as far away as North Carolina have emailed The Californian asking for help.
Since being thrust into the spotlight, life has slowed down considerably, Kitty said. Roger has physical therapy twice a week in-home, and has been working on mending his knee, which was injured after bearing the brunt of the extra weight for about 15 years.
“That’s kind of holding him back mobility-wise,” said Kitty, who added, however, that Roger’s been able to do things that he never was before surgery. Like walk, or sleep in a bed, or go out of the house.
He doesn’t take little things, like crossing his legs, for granted.
Just two weeks ago, Kitty and Roger headed to Island View Casino for dinner. It was their first outing since getting back to Gulfport that wasn’t a doctor’s visit, Roger remarked on Facebook. And it was also the first time in a decade that Roger could fit pants around his legs.
Before that, Kitty had sewn Roger custom skirts.
He has at least one more operation – a plastic reconstruction surgery that, once completed, should free him of having to use a catheter.
“It won’t nearly be as involved as the last surgery, but we’re not sure if insurance will cover this,” Kitty said.
Logan’s story will air at 9 a.m. Wednesday on KBFX.