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A man with a mystery medical condition that caused him to have the world’s biggest testicles has had reconstructive surgery – thanks to a Facebook post.
Forence Owiti Opiyo, 21, from Kibigori, Kenya, saw his genitals swell to ten times the average size – but doctors are baffled as to why.
Said to have been triggered by a cyst when he was 10, the bizarre condition made it impossible for him to wear clothes, walk easily and forced him to live like a recluse.
Surgery was made possible after a neighbour shared a picture of Forence’s testicles, which appears to have engulfed his joystick, on their Facebook page.
The kind-hearted plea triggered an outcry of people wanting to help him, finally allowing for him to have surgery to re-shape his genitals and craft him a joystick.
After being examined, surgeons scheduled two operations; the first to debulk the joystick and get rid of the excess testicle mass. The second was to reconstruct his joystick and fashion it into a more usual shape and size, local reports suggest.
The team behind the procedure believe he will now live normally, and will be able to have sex and even children at some point.
Forence 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.
‘I would really love to have children one day, that is what I desire. I would like to give thanks to God for healing me.’
When did it begin?
Forence Owiti Opiyo first noticed a cyst on his genitals in 2006.
An initial procedure removed the growth in 2007 but the problem re-emerged years later.
However, due to the post-election violence in his country he was forced to stay at home and was given a course of medication.
But the drugs didn’t work and over the past eleven years the cyst grew so big that he struggled to walk.
Forced to drop out of school
Forence, whose parents died when he was five, eventually had to drop out of school because his testicles grew so big.
Classmates teased him and, unable to afford surgery, he began spending more time at the home he shared with his brother Eliza and elderly grandmother.
He began to mend shoes in an attempt to save money but his goal of being able to pay for surgery was still a long way out of reach.