Man, 88, who lost stomach to cancer sets running record and is set for marathon

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An 88-year-old medical marvel who lost his stomach to cancer is set to run a marathon after completing a 5km race on Sunday.

Panagiotis Dousis, 88, from Greece, said he had a gastrectomy after being diagnosed with stomach cancer.

During the weekend he completed a 5km race in under half an hour, a record for his age, as part of the 38th Athens Marathon in the Greek capital.

"When I run abroad and people hear my name, like that time when I ran in Belgrade, they say that 'Dousis is the only person on Earth who runs without a stomach'," Dousis told Euronews.

"Doctors come to me, one of them from Canada, and ask me: 'Are you Mr Dousis, the one who had made a total gastrectomy?'

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"He told me that a month ago there was a medical congress and that they talked for one hour about my case. 'Nobody could believe that you are 88 years old, without a stomach, and that you still run in races despite your age,' he said," Dousis added.

Dousis was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago and claimed a doctor said he only had days to live after looking him over.

"One morning I went to the doctor and I told him that I didn't feel well. He examined me and diagnosed stomach cancer. He said that I only had three more days to live and must immediately go to Athens," said Dousis, who completed a marathon before he was ill.

Despite his old age, doctors decided to remove his stomach in the hope that he would live "three or four, or maybe five years."

"My next goal is to take part in races abroad, in the Balkans and then in the European and the World championships. And for the following year, I will train to compete in the marathon, although by then I will be in my 90s," he said.

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