*Forence Owiti Opiyo’s genitals swelled to 10 times the average size
*The mystery condition is said to have been triggered by a cyst when he was 10
*It made it impossible for him to wear long clothes or walk easily
*The 21-year-old’s condition appears to have merged his joystick into his scrotum
*His neighbour’s kind-hearted plea for help saw him finally undergo surgery
man with a mystery medical condition that caused him to have the
world’s biggest testicles has had reconstructive surgery – thanks to a
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.
was made possible after a neighbour shared a picture of Forence’s
testicles, which appears to have engulfed his joystick, on their
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.
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.
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.
teased him and, unable to afford surgery, he began spending more time
at the home he shared with his brother Eliza and elderly grandmother.
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.
Duncan Otieno took some shocking photographs of Forence’s deformed
member and posted them on Facebook with a plea for help.
He said: ‘I took his photos and posted it on my Facebook and shared it all over the internet.
‘After three days, we got a call from Our Lady of Mercy Ranguma and an ambulance picked him up from the village.
‘Forence is a polite man. He is a man of few words, he doesn’t talk much or disturb anyone. I believed he could be healed.’
Thankfully for Forence, the surgery at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital was a success.
James Obondi, consultant surgeon, said: ‘We spared the nerves, we
spared the circulation and we brought the shaft to its rightful size.