Jose Serrano, 10, Uses Viagra to Treat Giant Neck Tumor

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Jose Serrano, 10, of Juarez, Mexico, is seeking an unusual course of treatment for the giant neck tumor that his inhibiting his health and life: Viagra.

Yes, the pill responsible for reinvigorating the sex lives of countless men could also help give a young, tumor-stricken boy a chance at a normal life.

Viagra is most commonly prescribed to treat impotence, but it has also been shown to reduce the size of tumors in children, which is the goal here.

According to the TLC UK show "Body Bizarre," the medication can shrink it down to a certain size, the tumor can be safely operated on and removed.

Time is of the essence for Jose because the as the tumor expands, the growth forms cysts, some of which are on his lungs and near his windpipe.

According to Albuquerque station KOAT, Serrano travels for treatment in the U.S. at the University of New Mexico hospital, with the aid of a local church.

So far, the treatment has noticeably reduced the size of the tumor.

"Words can express how grateful we are to the people who have helped us," Serrano's mother, Cindy said. "It's surreal. It feels like a dream come true."

Serrano said he looks forward to a day when his tumor is gone.

"If the doctors can cure me I will be so happy," said the afflicted young man. "I would be thrilled. I would be healthy and I'd be able to do anything I want."

The boy’s mother, Cindy, said: "Now we can let ourselves dream about Jose's future. Who knows, maybe one day he can make a great life for himself."

"Our biggest fear was that the condition would be incurable and his life would still be at risk. And, of course, we're nervous about the surgery."

"But we've been told the chances are good. Words can't express how grateful we are to the people who have helped us. It's surreal. It's like a dream come true."

"He's excited to be able to wear collared shirts like his uncles. There is a girl he has a crush on and he's hoping she will think he looks handsome."

"He's very brave. He's been through so much yet he always keeps a smile on his face. Now we just have to keep ourselves busy and hope for the best."

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