Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, this story comes across your computer screen: A man with a scrotum sac the size of Santa’s toy sack. That’s right, a whopping 132-pound scrotum was Wesley Warren Jr.’s bane, a boulder-sized, dual-chambered protuberance between his legs.
The Las Vegas man suffered from the rare medical condition – called scrotal lymphedema, also known as scrotal elephantiasis – since 2008, and had to wear special stretch pants to cover his 100-pound genital area.
As you can imagine, when Warren’s story broke, the comments were none too sympathetic. The typical “nuts” and “balls” jokes were trotted out with uninhibited enthusiasm. “This guys must be NUTS.” “Pretty ballsy of him to go out in public.” Popwatch.com even carried a photo of Warren eating a meal off of his testicle sac. TLC profiled Warren on a show simply entitled “The Man with the 132-Pound Scrotum.”
“There are a lot of people that will look and laugh and stare in shock and awe and amazement,” Warren said. “It's tough to deal with it, you know, because essentially, this is a sort of living and breathing freak show.”
Warren’s plight began when he accidentally struck the area, which triggered a blockage in the lymphatic vessels that prevented fluid from draining from the area, causing his scrotum to grow as much as three pounds per month.
Warren's penis was "buried" about a foot under his skin, but otherwise it was fully functional. A tunnel of sorts had formed through the mass, allowing Warren to urinate.
Over four years, Warren looked to various doctors and specialists. Some said he would have to be castrated, others said it was inoperable. The surgery alone would be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Everywhere Warren turned, he was rebuffed.
So the 49-year-old took his story to freak show central, shock-jock king Howard Stern. There, Warren’s incredible tale caught the attention of producers from The Dr. Oz show, who incredibly offered Warren free surgery in 2011.
Equally, if not more incredibly, Warren denied the offer, fearing the risky surgery would cost him his life. Nevertheless, donations poured in, and in April of this year, the man with the 132-pound scrotum was operated on by doctors in Irvine, California. The procedure was successful, and Warren is now is getting back into a normal life.
“If my life is proof of one thing, it's that anything's possible,” Warren concluded. After seeing what he went through, we’d be hard pressed to argue that.