Rugby ball sized tumour is no match for miracle Leeds labrador

DREAM TEAM: Owner Dave Badkin with black labrador Sebastian who tackled a rugby ball sized malignant tumour and won. PIC: SWNS
DREAM TEAM: Owner Dave Badkin with black labrador Sebastian who tackled a rugby ball sized malignant tumour and won. PIC: SWNS
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A dog has made an incredible recovery after vets removed a cancerous tumour the size of a rugby ball from his chest.

Sebastian the Labrador underwent a six hour operation to remove the whopping three kilogram growth in May.

But his family are delighted that their pet pooch has since made a full recovery.

Sebastian’s owner grew concerned when the dog started coughing and retching on his daily walk in Temple Newsam Park near Leeds.

Dave Badkin, 51, a hospital worker from Leeds, took him to the vet where a CT scan picked up a huge mass squashing his heart and lungs.

Stunned vets told the family that the tumour was so big there was only an inch of the dog’s lungs that could work.

Dave, who lives with his wife Christine, said: “I was shocked to learn about the size of the tumour. Looking at a rugby ball it’s hard to believe that something so big was inside him! He was basically being slowly suffocated by it.”

“We were aware of the risks of surgery but because Sebastian had fought so hard to survive against the odds, we felt we owed it to him to do everything possible for him.”

Ian Nicholson of Calder Vets in Dewsbury, who operated on six-year-old Sebastian, said the risky procedure went well, despite the complication of Sebastian ‘going blue’ every time he was on his back.

It took Sebastian just two days before he was back on his feet again.

Dave said: “It was a brilliant result. Better still, when the results of further tests came back they showed the cancer hadn’t spread so he is, to all intents and purposes, completely cured.”

Sebastian’s treatment came in at a total of £10,000, which was covered by the family’s pet insurance.