The surgery involved a 7-inch incision and a forty-pound tumor.
Marietta Journal (Georgia)
Thursday, 23 October 1890
DEATH OF MRS. CATTELLAFTER A REMARKABLE SURGICAL OPERATION.Mrs. Jane C. Cattell, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. James G. Hughes, on last Monday morning at 11 o'clock, aged 68 years.She had been in ill health for a long time owing to a growth of a tumor in her stomach. It was sapping and insidiously destroying her life, and as death was inevitable, she made up her mind to undergo a surgical operation and have the tumor removed. For some weeks the Doctors gave her constitutional treatment, to build up her system, so she would have physical strength to endure the ordeal. On last Monday, one week ago, Drs. N. N. Gober and G. Tennent performed the operation, assisted by Drs. Cortelyou, Rossignol and Kemp. An incision of about four inches was made in the stomach, but, owning [sic] to the immense size of the tumor, it was too small, and the incision was enlarged to seven inches. The operation was successfully performed, and the tumor when taken out weighed forty pounds. Mrs. Cattell stood the operation with remarkable fortitude and endurance, and she was doing finely, as was supposed. There was no fever following, and she seemed to be cheerful and hopeful of recovery. The knife cut healed nicely. On the seventh day she seemed to get restless. This was rather an unfavorable symptom. On Monday it was evident that she was not doing so well. About 11 o'clock, death came gently and quietly and ended her earthly suffering. Her death occurred eight days to the hour from the time the operation was performed.The bereaved family have our sympathy in the sad affliction that has darkened their home.