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LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) — A Las Vegas man with a 100-pound scrotum has turned down the chance of free surgery to correct his condition.
Wesley Warren Jr., who suffers from scrotal lymphedema, appears to have turned down the surgery offered by “The Dr. Oz Show” because it might hinder his celebrity status.
“Howard Stern wants me on his show,” Warren, 47, told the Las Vegas Journal-Review, adding that he was afraid he might die during the surgery and that he didn’t want to give an exclusive interview to Dr. Oz following the surgery.
Warren said he did not turn down the free surgery to keep his “claim to fame.”
“Who would want to live like this?” he explained to the Journal-Review.
Warren will soon appear in a documentary on The Learning Channel and had an appearance on Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0.”
“It was fun going to Los Angeles in the big van they sent for me,” Warren told the Journal-Review.
Warren has suffered from this condition since 2008 when he accidentally struck his testicles on his legs while sleeping, waking up to his scrotum being “the size of a soccer ball.” According to his Facebook page, he has said that he has been to numerous doctors but nothing has helped.
“I kind of gave up,” he said.
Warren set up a PayPal account to help pay for the seven-figure surgery since he is on disability.
According to The Center for Reconstructive Urology in Orange, Calif., scrotal lymphedema can be caused by a hernia or fluid accumulation between the testicle and skin.