Man Undergoes Surgery To Remove 132-Pound Scrotum

Man Undergoes Surgery To Remove 132-Pound ScrotumWesley Warren, 49, spent more than four years with this extra burden before having surgery to repair the damage from a rare medical condition called scrotal lymphedema. When doctors placed the swollen mass they had cut from Warren’s scrotum on the scale, it weighed 132 pounds.

‘3 pounds per month’

It began in 2008, Warren told TLC, when he awoke to a shooting pain in his testicles. The tissue around his penis soon began to swell, eventually growing at an estimated rate of 3 pounds per month.

After Warren appeared on the Howard Stern radio show, appealing for help, a fellow scrotal lymphedema sufferer referred him to Dr. Joel Gelman, who offered to do the surgery for free. Gelman, director of the Center for Reconstructive Urology at the University of California, Irvine, specializes in urethral and penile reconstruction surgery.

‘Massive enlargement’

Scrotal lymphedema, also known as scrotal elephantiasis, is a “massive enlargement” of the scrotum due to thickening of tissue and accumulation of fluid, Gelman said.

The most obvious symptom is a large scrotum; this can range in size from a grapefruit to a basketball. But the mass doesn’t “max out” at any particular size, Gelman said. It will keep growing until the patient seeks treatment. Warren’s scrotum was the largest Gelman had ever seen.

Warren is walking again and enjoying life, Gelman said. He’ll need a follow-up surgery to remove some additional skin that was damaged by his condition.

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Source: CNN Staff | CNN

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Terminally Ill Boy Dies After Serving As Best Man In Parents’ Wedding

Terminally Ill Boy Dies After Serving As Best Man In Parents' WeddingA terminally ill Pennsylvania 2-year-old, whose parents pushed their wedding up by a year to be sure he’d be alive to be part of it, died Monday.

‘Last breath’

Doctors told Christine Swidorsky and Sean Stevenson that Logan, their son, had only weeks to live. Logan was born with a rare blood disorder called Fanconi’s anemia, which keeps cells from repairing damaged DNA and can lead to certain cancers.

“Sean and I held him all day,” Swidorsky wrote on her Facebook page Monday night. “He was comfortable with his medication. Then, at 8:18, my son took his last breath in my arms.”

‘Dire news’

The couple had been planning to get married next year, but once they got the dire news from Logan’s doctor, they decided to move up the wedding, planning it in a week. It took place Saturday, Aug. 3, in Jeannette, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh. They held the 12-minute ceremony in the backyard of their home. Logan, carried by Swidorsky, wore a pin-striped suit.

Sean Stevenson thanked friends and family who had donated food and helped out with wedding arrangements so the family could spend much of the day together.

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Source: Sydney Lupkin | Good Morning America, Yahoo! News

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