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DAN Maurer couldn't have sex with his wife for nine years, nor could he pee in a toilet, because of his swollen five stone testicles. Photo Courtesy
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Man With Five Testicles

The 40-year-old left doctors baffled as his balls to grew uncontrollably, leaving him a prisoner in his own body.

Dan’s condition stopped him doing everything from showering on his own, camping with his friends to being intimate with his wife.

He had to pee in the shower because the size of his scrotum means he couldn’t aim into the toilet bowl.

But he was put out of his misery thanks to a life-changing op to remove his giant “ball and chain” – after he diagnosed himself with scrotal lymphedema.

DAN Maurer couldn’t have sex with his wife for nine years, nor could he pee in a toilet, because of his swollen five-stone testicles.

“It’s made me a prisoner of my own body, it’s like carrying a ball and chain,” Dan said before his op in 2015 in a TLC show, re-posted on the channel’s YouTube page

“The best way I could describe the weight to someone would be to imagine splitting open your scrotum and put in three large bowling balls then sew it back up and carry it around.

“I’m constantly in pain and it’s a lot of weight on your back, so it’s very hard for me to move.”

DAN Maurer couldn’t have sex with his wife for nine years, nor could he pee in a toilet, because of his swollen five stone testicles. Photo Courtesy

What started out as a small amount of “puffiness” below the belt changed Dan’s life forever.

As his scrotum grew, it slowly stopped him living his life, one step at a time.

Dan changed from a man who was always on the move, regularly playing sports and camping with his friends, to a man who is unable to take care of himself. Before his op, the last time Dan was able to have sex with his wife was in March 2006.

“When it was smaller I could lift it onto the toilet and pee into the toilet, but when it got bigger there was always a chance I would make a mess so it was easier to pee into the shower stall and rinse it down with the water,” he said at the time.

In seven years Dan’s scrotum grew uncontrollably and took over his life. His penis and testicles remained a normal size but were engulfed by his gigantic scrotum.

It was only after watching a TV show on scrotal lymphoedema that Dan suspected he had the same condition.

It causes a blockage of the lymphatic vessels, which leads to a build-up outside the testicles, resulting in swelling.

Assisted by a team of eight surgeons and 12 theatre staff, Dr Gelman successfully freed Dan of his huge scrotum during a 14-hour operation in 2015.

Massive scrotal lymphedema is a rare condition. It is usually best treated with major surgery to remove the mass of tissue while preserving the penis and testicles.

 

Felicity Gitonga
Felicity Gitonga is the founder of Africa Business News. abn, freelance writer, journalist, and author with a passion for telling stories.

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