11/11/2013 02:07 pm ET

Jose Serrano, Boy With Huge Tumor, Uses Viagra To Shrink Growth (VIDEO)

The pill responsible for reinvigorating the sex lives of thousands could also help give a young boy a chance at a normal life.

Jose Serrano, 10, of Juarez, Mexico has an enormous tumor on his neck that stretches across his chest, inhibits his movement and threatens his life.

The Daily Mail reports that an important part of Serrano's treatment is taking Viagra, which has been shown to reduce the size of tumors in children. The drug is most commonly prescribed to treat impotence.

The goal is to get the tumor down to a size at which it can be safely operated on and removed. Time is of the essence because the growth forms cysts, some of which are on his lungs and close to his windpipe, the Daily Mail reports.

Serrano's story is told in a new British show on TLC called "Body Bizarre."

In September, Albuquerque, N.M. station KOAT did a story on Serrano, who travels to New Mexico for treatment at the University of New Mexico hospital. His parents get help paying for his care from a Baptist church in Rio Rancho, N.M.

So far, the treatment has noticeably shrunk the tumor.

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

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

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



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