Jane Todd Crawford

Jane Todd Crawford

In 1809, a woman named Jane Todd Crawford was diagnosed with an ovarian tumor. She rode 60 miles on horseback to see a surgeon named Ephraim McDowell who was willing to extract the tumor. It had never been done before out of fear it would kill the patient. After the 22.5-pound tumor was removed from her body without anesthesia, she lived for another 32 years.

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