Spotted on The Daily Mail UK yesterday:
Man who had 132lbs scrotum removed is finally optimistic about the future as he prepares to have more surgery
- Wesley Warren Jr. had 132 lbs scrotum removed for free but was still not happy
- Said his one-inch penis left him with no chance of finding love
- Is having more surgery later this month
Formerly known as ‘the man with the 132lb scrotum’, Warren, from Las Vegas, made headlines around the world last year when the rare medical condition – known as scrotal lymphedema – was featured on a TV special.
MAN WITH GIANT SCROTUM
Fortunately, a California doctor took pity on the 49-year-old and agreed to carry out the 13-hour operation to remove it for free. But Warren was still not happy. He complained the surgery made his life a misery because it left him with a one-inch penis. He said he would never be able to have a relationship with a woman.
But finally, Warren is feeling optimistic about the future ahead of more surgery later this month.
His story will be told on Monday night’s TLC special, The Man With The 132lb Scrotum, which documents his journey from when he first realized he had the condition to where he is today – 200lbs lighter and no longer a ‘freak’. (Warren weighed himself after the surgery and this was what he had dropped)
His ordeal began when he woke up one morning five years ago with a shooting pain in his groin, which grew steadily worse and his scrotum steadily bigger over the next nine months. ‘It was the worst pain I ever felt in my life,’ he told the New York Post. ‘It got so bad one day that I stood in my living room and cried. There was a fresh breakage of skin…and it stung to no end.
Warren adapted by turning hooded sweatshirts upside down and using them as pants. His penis was buried so deeply in the abnormal growth that he was forced to urinate on himself and said only wanted to urinate like a normal man and have a romantic relationship with a woman.
At one stage Warren was so desperate he considered selling his testicles on eBay to pay for an operation to remove them before Dr Joel Gelman offered his services. Though he initially complained that he was ‘still disfigured’, he has since become more optimistic about his future.
Talking about his life before the operation he describes himself as a prisoner to his testicles and that the growth ruled his life. ‘I could only walk in baby steps – I had to stop every 30 seconds,’ he said. ‘It was just horrible. I couldn’t get in and out of a vehicle and even then I fell down on to the pavement and it took four grown men to try and lift me up.
On April 8, Dr Gelman and three other physicians cut away simultaneously on the grossly enlarged protective sac of skin and muscles that contained Warren’s testicles and penis, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. The mass caused by the condition, known as scrotal lymphedema, had grown to 132 pounds in less than two years.
The massive swelling was caused by fluid building up in his scrotum. Doctors had to remove the excess tissue and then completely rebuild his scrotum.The extremely rare condition is much more common in Africa and Southeast Asia, where it is caused by parasites, than it is in the western world.
My God, that just looks so grotesquely bad…Glad that his ordeal is over though.