Man Seeks Treatment For 100-Pound Scrotum, Raises Money For Surgery
Date 2014/6/26 4:23:12 | Topic: News
|BATTLE CREEK, MI (WZZM/CNN) – A Michigan man is hoping to get an embarrassing and dangerous condition taken care of with the help of the public – his nearly 100-pound, enlarged scrotum.|
"When I go out, people do look. They try to be polite, you can see when something's not right," Dan Maurer said.
For Maurer, 39, doing a TV interview about his condition isn't easy. But, he's doing it for a good cause.
"Probably my wife, I don't want to lose her," Dan said.
Dan has been with his wife, Mindy, for 20 years. Not long into their marriage, he noticed changes.
"In my late 20's, I noticed it was little larger in that area," Dan said.
Dan's scrotum was getting bigger, and his doctor told him to lose weight.
"So, I was doing two miles a day in the pool, and so I lost 50 pounds like that," Dan said.
Dan was getting smaller, but his groin was still getting bigger. Dan was given a referral to the University of Michigan Health system. He was told again to lose weight.
"As far as they were concerned, I needed to have lap-band surgery to lose weight," Dan said.
Mindy says the couple became disenchanted with the medical community.
"It was frustrating for the both of us," Mindy said. "He was like, if they're the top people in this area, if they don't know what it is, nobody does."
More time passed, and Dan tried to lose more weight. When he got sick, he went back to the doctor.
"They admitted me like that. They were like there's something seriously wrong," Dan said.
Dan had a broken cyst inside the scrotum. He spent the next two years going to a wound center. The size didn't change. It wasn't until Dan saw a show on TLC that he knew there was hope. The show is called The Man with the 132-Pound Scrotum.
"That's when I found out that's what I have," Dan said.
The condition is called scrotal lymphedema, a rare condition caused by blockages in the lymphatic vessels.
Dan's only hope is a doctor in California who will perform surgery to remove the growth.
"I think he's taken a whole different approach to it," Mindy said.
The surgery is dangerous and expensive. Dan is hoping to raise money to help pay for the procedure. He knows it will not only improve his health, but bring him closer to his wife.
"I haven't had marital relations with my husband in seven years," Mindy said. "You know when you say those vows, you either mean them or you don't. I meant them."
"She's amazing – I don't see myself as being worth it, but she is to me," Dan said. "That's why I'm going through this.
Dan has his first appointment in California on July 25. He needs all the help he can get. You can donate by going to GoFundMe.com and search for Dan Maurer.
He's raised almost eighteen thousand dollars in two months.