To vent one’s spleen

by Old Bone Machine

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In 2010.

I was so bad, I couldn’t stand for a long time because I felt so weak, I had problems with my stomach. It was awful. My spleen grew so big it pushed my intestine.

And when the spleen was removed.

It was like giving birth to a third child. It was 25cm long and weighed 1.8kg. It was a terrifying thing.

In 2013 , the 37-year-old Italian runner wins the marathon silver medal at the World Championships in Moscow.

Valeria has two children, Leonardo who was born in 2006 and Arianna who was born in 2007.

Read a little bit more about Valeria Straneo here.

Note, a healthy spleen weighs between 150 and 200 grams.