A friend has reported the death of Wesley Warren Jr, 49, who gained worldwide notariety after being featured on a TLC special showing doctors removing his testicles, which reportedly weighed 132 pounds due to a rare medical condition known as scrotal lymphedma. According to his roomate Joey Hurtado, Warren passed away following two heart attacks while undergoing hospital care for diabetes.
Warren, who weighed 552 lbs before the surgery stated that his scrotum frist became enlarged following a groin injury in May 2008. The following day he said his testicles had swelled to the size of a “honeydew” melon, and just kept growing until he was forced to wear a hooded sweatshirt as pants.
Although, he orginally turned down an offer from Dr. Oz for the surgery, he finally agreed to the procedure after Howard Stern put him in touch with California urologist Dr. Joel Gelman, who specializes in scrotal lymphedema.
Although his condition left him without a sex drive, he expressed a desire to find a woman following the operation. Unfortunately he never fulfilled that dream.
Note: Scrotal lymphedema, aka. scrotal elephantiasis is caused by obstruction, aplasia, or hypoplasia of the lymphatic vessels draining the testicles, and can be either congenital or through infections such as lymphogranuloma venereum or filarial infestation with Wuchereria bancrofti, more commonly found in Africa and Asia than in Western nations. It can also result from chronic inflammation, neoplasm, irradiation, and lymph node dissection.