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TLC's "The Man With The 132 lb Scrotum" special

Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:18 am

http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/t ... civDXorU0L

The man behind the ‘132 Lb. Scrotum’
•By MICHAEL STARR
•Last Updated: 11:24 AM, August 15, 2013
•Posted: 10:15 PM, August 14, 2013

DOUBLE ALBUM: Wesley Warren,, who suffers from a rare medical condition which enlarges his scrotum, underwent corrective surgery.

Wesley Warren is surprisingly upbeat and self-deprecating for a guy who, up until recently, spent the past five years with a freakishly huge scrotum — the result of a rare medical condition called “scrotal lymphedema.”

“I was expecting to be stared at — if you look like a freak you expect people to look at you like you’re a freak,” Warren, 49, told The Post from his home in Las Vegas. “I would only get upset when, every once-in-a-while, some person with no manners would stare at me and start laughing . . . and give me that ‘freak passing by’ look. That caused me in the past to say a ‘word’ or two with regards to rudeness,” he says, laughing. “Besides, I was OK with the stares. That’s what I was expecting.”

Warren’s story will be told in Monday night’s one-hour TLC special, “The Man With the 132 Lb. Scrotum,” which recounts his journey, from discovering his malady in 2008 to dealing with its repercussions (he turned hooded sweatshirts upside down and used them as pants) to eventually finding Dr. Joel Gelman, who removed the 132-pound scrotum in April during a 14-hour operation.

(Warren says it was closer to 200 pounds — he knows because, just prior to his surgery, he weighed it on a recycling scale.)

Warren, who’s single, says his ordeal began when he woke up with a shooting pain in his groin, “the worst pain I ever felt in my life,” he says. Over the next nine months, every six days or so, he would experience what he says felt like “a sensational carpet burn” in his groin, then severe cold and shaking — followed by his scrotum growing uncontrollably larger and larger. “It got so bad one day that I stood in my living room and cried,” he says. “There was a fresh breakage of skin . . . and it stung to no end.”

Warren says he’s scheduled for even more surgery (on his urethra) later this month.

“I can see a light at the end of the tunnel, but I’m still in the tunnel,” he says. After previously calling in to Howard Stern’s Sirius/XM radio show — he’ll return as an in-studio guest this Monday — Warren received an outpouring of affection from listeners in the form of donations and supportive e-mails, which he says he’ll never forget.

“If not for the generosity of those people who have helped me, I’d be out on the street and disabled,” he says, starting to cry. “I want to give the biggest ‘thank you’ in the world to these people — as big as the Big Apple.”

Re: TLC's "The Man With The 132 lb Scrotum" special

Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:30 pm

The before/after shots reveal that he didn't have it removed at all; he only tucked it under his shirt.

Re: TLC's "The Man With The 132 lb Scrotum" special

Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:14 pm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/1 ... 66973.html

Wesley Warren Jr., Man With 132-lb. Scrotum, Dead At 49

The Huffington Post | by David Moye

Posted: 03/14/2014 6:45 pm EDT Updated: 03/14/2014 6:59 pm EDT

Wesley Warren, Jr., a man who suffered with a 132-lb. scrotum from 2008 to 2013, has died at the age of 49.

Wesley Warren Jr., who received worldwide notoriety because of his problems with a scrotum that grew to 132 pounds: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/frien ... body-years , died Friday at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 49.

No cause of death was officially announced, but Warren's roommate, Joey Hurtado, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Warren had suffered two heart attacks recently.

“He was in the hospital for five and a half weeks,” Hurtado told the paper. “He had infections that I think were brought on by his diabetes and then he had those heart attacks.”

Hurtado also told the paper he didn't believe that his friend's testicle removal surgery last year was a factor in the death.

When Warren had the surgery last April, he entered the operating room weighing 552 pounds. Thirteen hours later, he was 200 pounds lighter.

Warren said his scrotum first became enlarged in May 2008 when he suffered an injury on his right testicle: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/1 ... 81319.html

"I woke up the next day and my scrotum was the size of a honeydew melon," he told HuffPost Live in August. "My personal hell was just beginning."

With every passing month, Warren's scrotum grew 3 pounds or more. And with no health insurance, he had little opportunity to seek help, until he became internationally known for his freakish bulge.

To cradle his watermelon-sized sex organ, he wore a hooded sweatshirt as pants, using the hood as a makeshift scrotum sling.

"Even when I got offers to help, it was hard," he told HuffPost. "My scrotum was so large I couldn't get on a plane. I was too big to use an airplane restroom."

Warren's condition first made headlines in October 2011.

He initially sought donations to pay for the estimated $1 million surgery, but turned down an offer from the "Dr. Oz Show" to pay for the surgery in exchange for exclusive interview rights: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/1 ... 08910.html

Some speculated that Warren's interest in fame was bigger than the misery caused by his enlarged scrotum, a charge he denied vehemently.

"Who would want to live like this?" Warren said. "I just don't want to die during the operation."

With the help of radio talk show host Howard Stern, Warren finally agreed to see Dr. Joel Gelman, a California urologist who specializes in scrotal lymphedema, a disorder that causes the scrotum to become "extremely large as lymph fluid and tissue accumulates."

Although Warren had hoped to find a woman after his scrotum issues were solved, that may not have happened.

Warren admitted to HuffPost that his condition left him with no sex drive and "little or no testosterone."

However, he said that lack of a sex drive may have been a blessing in disguise.

"Imagine if I had desires," Warren said. "There isn't anything I could've done about it. That would be a personal kind of hell."