100 Pound Scrotum
October 20, 2011 by staff
100 Pound Scrotum, He sat opposite him at the top of a pillow that rested on a milk carton. Baby powder sprinkled on it – what seemed an enormous watermelon wrapped in a compression bandage – but the unmistakable smell of urine can not be suppressed completely.
“It’s hard to believe, right?” 47 years old, Wesley Warren Jr., said that in the dimly lit apartment. “It’s monstrous.”
What sat in front of where Warren was sitting in shorts – it really is connected to it – more than 100 pounds of the scrotum, the sac protecting the skin and muscle containing the testicles.
“It’s not easy to move,” he said, standing and growling as he raised his scrotum to his improvised pedestal and care that should leave almost to the ground. “It makes me stay in most of the time.”
If there is a medical condition that affects someone else unusual in southern Nevada, the medical community or the patient has not submitted the same. Warren has been made public, although he knows he will be making fun of him because he desperately wants an expensive surgery to correct scrotal elephantiasis which became part of his life almost three years ago.
Daily bouts of depression – “I want to have real friends and a relationship with a woman” – throw into the depths of despair. “But I’m not suicidal.’m Too strong for that.”
Like Joseph Merrick of Victorian England, whose life with serious deformities became the subject of both the play and movie, “The Elephant Man”, Warren has concluded that to escape her life today must allow himself to be exposed.
Unlike Merrick, freak show exhibits used to stay alive, Warren at least has enough money from social programs to put food in your stomach and a roof over your head.
Hope to get the money for a possible corrective procedure that doctors have said could cost around 1,000,000 and Warren swallowed his pride for the tour is done in the national satellite radio Howard Stern and shock the cable TV segment freak.
However, he used the pseudonym “Johnathan Las Vegas” to let people know that his pns is so buried in his scrotal tissue can not address your need to urinate frequently and sprays the area around it.
He also told – more laughs on the set – so you can not sit in a bowel movement and should take the same type of tank used in the casinos of the coins.
“I hate to be a weirdo, who?” Warren said. “But I realized that the Stern program is heard by millions of people who might want to help me. I hope that a millionaire or billionaire will want to help me.”
Many people have come through e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org he said.
How much financial aid you received, Warren will not say.
“What I have is a good start,” he said, his eyes tearing.
If Warren lived in tropical areas of Africa, Asia, Central and South America, this case disabling elephantiasis, or gross enlargement of his genitals to the size elephant, would probably be attributed to an infection of the mosquito-spread parasites. Known as lymphatic filariasis, the infection is long, threadlike worms block part of the body’s lymphatic system, causing fluid to accumulate in the tissues, which can lead to great swelling, called lymphedema.
“In Africa and Asia, is not as unusual as in the United States, and those who see it as a curse from God,” said Mulugeta Kassahun, a urologist in Las Vegas who grew up in Ethiopia. Those who have a disabling condition in Africa, said Kassahun, you often have to use to order food.
But Warren live near downtown Las Vegas on Maryland Parkway and says he has never traveled outside the country tropics. And doctors who have examined have not found any trace of infectious disease that causes massive elephantiasis of the scrotum to the ancient Indian and Persian writings first described centuries.
What Warren attributes their condition is an amazing accident of his testicles for his own leg twisted and turned while waking from a dream in late 2008.
“I never felt much pain,” he said. “It was like a sharp pain through my body. When it stopped, it was like a huge truck-trailer skidded off the top of me. I think I ruined the lymph nodes down there.”
The pain went away quickly, but said the next morning when he awoke, his scrotum was “the size of a football.”
Trauma is a possible cause of the condition of Warren, said Kassahun, who has examined, “but there are known cases are very rare.”
Warren said that after the initial swelling immediately went to the University Medical Center for help, where he was given a regimen of two weeks of antibiotics for what was thought to be an infection. He said he was in hospital for four days and the doctors told him to go see your doctor.
Then work on the committee to find suitable sites for ATMs in the valley of Las Vegas, Warren said he went to the doctors from time to time for months, even a lymphedema specialist, without help. “I kind of gave up,” he said.
However, the swelling was so great that it could no longer work. He was on disability. And in early 2010 came back at UMC, with the hope that doctors can find a way out of its misery.
Kim Voss, associate hospital administrator, said that during a period of eight weeks a team of doctors, including urologists, surgeons, internists and infectious disease specialists, wrote 20 papers different from what they found.
In reference to Warren’s condition, doctors use either elephantiasis scrotum, scrotal lymphedema or scrotal edema, a condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the tissues of the body, to describe his condition. Doctors do not know if your condition could grow even more pronounced.
UMC medical team found that Warren had a hernia and fixed.
Although infectious disease usually linked to elephantiasis has not been found, Voss said multiple courses of antibiotics and anti-viral drugs were given to Warren in the hope that they would end the massive swelling. If not, she said doctors told him about a surgery that could be made through Medicaid.
Kassahun urologist Warren reported that a team of urologists and plastic surgeons need to cut the excess tissue and to perform reconstructive surgery including skin grafts. Every attempt was made to save and rebuild the pns and testicles of Warren, but it was possible he would have to be completely removed.
“I told him if there was major bleeding may not be able to save them,” said Kassahun.
This news shook Warren.
“Basically he was telling me that was a good chance that he would be castrated and have to go to the bath through a tube for the rest of my life,” he said. “I really like to have a relationship with a woman. I should be in the best moment of my life right now.”
Although scrotal lymphedema is rare outside of certain tropical regions of the world, Warren said Kassahun it was possible that the UCLA Medical Center in California may have surgeons who can best address your situation.
At UCLA, where Warren recently paid about 600 and for an assessment, said doctors seemed safer to save his pns and testicles. He was also told it would cost about seven figures for the procedure. Even if the Nevada Medicaid program would allow him to leave the state of surgery, Warren said UCLA doctors informed him that he doubted it would work.
“They said that Nevada Medicaid does not pay enough for what would be a cash patient,” he said.
However, even if it comes with the cash, Warren admits that there is no guarantee the surgery would work.
“But I feel I have a better chance,” said Warren.
In an extraordinary situation like Warren, Kassahun said, can never be a guarantee of success.
“That would be irresponsible,” he said.
Warren has lived in Las Vegas for over 15 years, first coming here from the city of New York, where he worked in security and as a messenger. He had hoped to work on the production team of the film, “Casino”. Although it did not work, he stayed.
A little over 6 feet high, was over 300 pounds before the scrotal lymphedema. With 100 pounds of that condition added – he said he weighed in the scrotum on a scale – now about 450 pounds. Even sitting, breathing is difficult, that sounds very much like someone rushed up the stairs.
Have high blood pressure and asthma, often using an inhaler. A home health care visits than twice a week.
How hard can it be routine issues Warren highlighted the other day when I went to buy money orders and pay bills at the post office downtown. It took three hours to do what a person in reasonable physical shape could be done in less than half that time.
As she dressed for the trip, an acquaintance helped in the struggle to pull the compression garment on the scrotum. They had at least 15 minutes.
Then he stepped through the arms of a sweatshirt and struggled with the zipper on the hood that covers the edema. That took another 15 minutes. Sweating, using a safety pin and belt to hold the sweatshirt and then put a regular shirt.
“I was looking in my closet one day and discovered that a hoodie would be something that could carry out and cover my problem,” said Warren glasses, leading the New York Fire Department cap on his head.
He walked through the steps of a restless child, although he had shoes size 15 – “My feet have grown, too.” He left his apartment complex bus stop in the street, the milk carton and the pillow is used to keep the scrotum in your hands.
He worried that he might fall while going up and down curbs and as he went up and down the bus. He had to transfer once in each direction.
“I fell when I went to the sidewalk when I left for my trip Stern’s show,” he said. “It’s very hard to get.? Not imagine how difficult it was for me to use one of the bathrooms on the plane shortly. It was almost impossible. I was glad to have been the red-eye for people Is not ‘t See What It Takes I was having to come and go. ”
Once on the bus, Warren put his hoodie covered scrotum in milk crate and pillow. Other passengers looked at him briefly, but does not seem to know what to do with it. They returned to their conversations.
“I really do not think people know what I have,” Warren said after completing his journey. “It’s not something that people have seen before, I’m sure of that. I doubt you can even imagine.”
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