Have you heard of her? Let me tell you a little about this incredible woman.
Mrs. Crawford was diagnosed with a ovarian tumor in 1809. She begged Dr. McDowell to keep from a slow and painful death. He told her the procedure to remove her type of tumor had never been preformed and that the best doctor in the world thought it was impossible to be removed. Mrs. Crawford must of trusted Dr. McDowell because she told him she wanted the tumor taken out. Dr. McDowell agreed but told Mrs. Crawford she had to travel 60 miles to him to preform the surgery. Mrs. Crawford did not travel by coach, she rode her horse!
On Christmas morning Dr. McDowell operated on Mrs. Crawford. This was done with NO anesthesia! HERE is a photo of Mrs. Crawford. She was given a oral dose of opium and several attendants to hold her down. It was reported she sang hymns and repeated psalms during the procedure!
Dr. McDowell removed the tumor, which was 22.5 pounds ( no wonder she wanted it out). She returned home in 25 days and lived
another 32 years.
More information can be found Here