A GRANDAD had a record-breaking kidney weighing more than a bowling ball removed by surgeons.
Dave Whatley, 53, is recovering at home after the 21lb organ (9.5kg) was extracted in a seven-hour operation.
His foot-long kidney is believed to be the world's biggest — and is 120 times larger than the normal adult size of 2.8-6.2oz.
The married grandad of 11, from Basingstoke, Hants, was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in 2002.
Clusters of fluid-filled sacs developed in his kidneys, hampering their ability to filter waste from the blood.
It also caused them to enlarge alarmingly and left Dave feeling sick, exhausted and in so much pain he was unable to bend.
'ANNE, I CAN SEE MY FEET!'
He had his first kidney — weighing 16.5lb — removed in 2012 before getting a healthy donated replacement in 2014. The second was removed earlier this month at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Portsmouth.
Former doorman and removals man Dave said: "It's such a relief. It was like carrying three babies around. When I came out of surgery the first thing I said to my wife was,
'Anne, I can see my feet!' "
Surgeons in India say they extracted a 16.4lb kidney in November. Anne, 59, said: "We were like, 'We'll beat that.'"
Surgeon Rupesh Sutaria said: "We are so pleased with the outcome."
Dave added: "They said to me after that it took them longer to line up the tattoo than it did to do the operation.
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"They have done a great job and I now look much slimmer.
"I'm waiting for official confirmation that I have broken the world record and believe I have. Officials are processing the forms.
"It will be great to be able to call myself an official Guinness World Record holder."
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