A man with the world’s largest testicles had to ‘drop out of school’ as they swelled to 10 times the average size.
Forence Owiti Opiyo, from Kibigori in Kenya, was diagnosed with the mystery condition after he noticed a cyst on his genitals in 2006, when he was aged just 10.
And before you read on, here’s a pre-warning: These pictures are not for the faint-hearted!
Forence originally had the growth removed back in 2007 but the problem re-emerged and the cyst grew so big, he ‘struggled to walk’.
The 21-year-old, who was forced to drop out of school because his balls grew so much that he was unable to wear clothes or walk easily, said:
This thing started very small, like a boil. Then it was the size of my fist. It just continued to grow bigger and bigger.
It was operated on and they removed it. They did some tests and found out it was had not been fully removed but I could not come back due to the post-election violence and I stayed home.
I finished my medicine but it continued to grow. I was supposed to come for a second operation but we could raise the money we needed.
Forence couldn’t afford more surgery and as classmates teased him, he began to spend more time at home where he lived with his brother Eliza and elderly grandmother, his parents died when he was five.
Forence started mending shoes in an attempt to save money for more surgery.
Speaking before his brother’s most recent surgery, Eliza said:
I am the one taking care of things now. It is not easy, it is very hard. Sometimes I do farming or cut sugarcane and sometimes I grow tomatoes. Forence’s problem is with the penis and scrotum.
The disease started in 2006 but when it came people thought it was a spirit but it is not a spirit. Forence’s life is not good because he doesn’t have friends who come to visit him.
The family’s neighbour, Duncan Otieno, took some photos of Forence and posted them on Facebook along with a desperate plea for help.
I took his photos and posted it on my Facebook and shared it all over the internet. After three days, we got a call from Our Lady of Mercy Ranguma and an ambulance picked him up from the village.
Forence is a polite man. He is a man of few words, he doesn’t talk much or disturb anyone. I believed he could be healed.
Surgeons examined Forence and scheduled two operations – the first to ‘debulk the penis and get rid of the excess mass’ and the second to ‘reconstruct the penis’.
Dr James Obondi, Consulting Surgeon, said:
We spared the nerves, we spared the circulation and we brought the shaft to its rightful size.
I believe Forence is going to enjoy his life like any other normal human being. In three months he will be just normal in his functions and be able to do everything he wants to do.
Jane Tombe, a surgical nurse, was overwhelmed by Forence’s ‘optimism and positivity’ throughout his operation and recovery.
I haven’t seen anything like that before. But Forence is outgoing. A very jovial boy who is very positive in life.
His daily life must have been so challenging before his operation but there was so much hope in him. He is going to progress well.
You know when you see a patient progress very well in my profession; I get very happy and am happy for Forence. I think God loves him so much and he will do well in life.