by on 02/05/13 at 5:12 amPortsmouth (UK) – (SatireWorld.com)
Ian Young the 54-year-old Portsmouth man whose emotional and physical struggles with a 132-pound scrotum drew international attention, has undergone successful surgery to remove the mass, according to the Nairobi surgeon who led the team that performed the nearly 13-hour procedure.
Dr. Imbu Imbutu, who heads the Center for Reconstructive Urology at the University of Nairobi, said this week that on April 8 he and three other physicians, including plastic surgeons, donated their expertise and operated on Ian. The mass caused by the condition, known as scrotal lymphedema, had grown to 132 pounds in less than two years.
“There are a lot of television shows about makeovers, but this is a real makeover,” Imbutu said Thursday of the procedure that saw surgeons cut away simultaneously on the grossly enlarged protective sac of skin and muscles that contained Ian’s testicles and penis. “He’s basically a new man.”
Attempts to reach Ian who was released earlier this week from the hospital and is recuperating in public housing near the medical center were unsuccessful.
Ian, who also has blood pressure problems, asthma, and alcohol problems had long spoken of his fear of dying during an operation. Dr. Mulugeta Kassahun, Ian’s Portsmouth urologist, told him if there was major bleeding, it might be impossible for doctors to save him.
“I’d say we put that fear to rest,” Imbutu said. “I still haven’t lost a patient or a testicle (in patients with problems similar to Ian’s).”
Imbutu pioneered the procedure with African elephants who frequently have swollen balls from licking them during periods of extreme drought. According to his assistant and spokesperson Dr. Yada Dadadoo, “Ian had a similar episode when he stopped drinking beer due to his blood pressure reaching a critical situation and he did cease drinking for almost 15 months. But unfortunetely, to relieve the anxiety, Ian succumbed to the urges to constantly lick his own balls causing the extreme irritation and swelling.”
Ian says he’s much happier now that he doesn’t have to place his massive scrotum in a wheelbarrow and cart them through the supermarket when he shops. “I can’t tell you how many people looked at me in a funny way!”