A man whose scrotum painfully ballooned to a weight of 80lbs is on the road to recovery after surgery to reduce the mass.
Michigan resident Dan Maurer began developing scrotal lymphedema, a rare condition in which an excess of watery fluid collects around the testicles as a result of blockages in the lymphatic vessel, in his 20s.
Doctors said it was to do with his obesity and told him to lose weight, but his scrotum continued to swell.
Now 40, Maurer is finally free of the huge mass - which weighed the same as five bowling balls - thanks to a marathon 14 hours of surgery last August.
Coupled with the removal of some stomach fat, Maurer is now 150lbs lighter, the New York Daily News writes.
Maurer’s story - The Man With The 80lb Groin- will be featured this week on TLC.
And making love to his wife Mindy for the first time in seven years was high on Maurer’s list of things he was looking forward to resuming, the program will reveal.
Maurer set up a GoFundMe page after his insurers said the surgery he needed was not covered. “Please help me get this done as I don’t see any other way to live a semi-normal life,” he wrote.
He was inspired to seek help after watching a documentary about Wesley Warren, a 49-year-old man whose testicles ballooned to 140lbs. Warren had reduction surgery in 2013 but sadly died last year.
Dr Joel Gelman, the surgeon who operated on Warren met with Maurer and agreed to perform the surgery for free, leaving the funds raised to be spent on his post-operative care, the Daily Mail reports.
Writing online, Maurer said: “Since I found out what I had from a guy that was brave enough to share his to help change my life forever.
“If my story helps just one person it will have been worth it. Just know without your love and support none of this would have been possible. My wife and I will forever be in your debt. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and God bless.”