Horace Owiti Opiyo, known as Forence, from Kenya has had life-changing surgery. He once had the world's biggest genitals but has had his life turned around after an operation. He first noticed a cyst on his genitals in 2006 when he was just 10-years-old. A procedure removed the growth in 2007 but the problem re-emerged years later.
The 20-year-old was later diagnosed with elephantiasis in his genitals, meaning they were swelling to 20 times the average size. Over time, Forence's scrotum and penis grew to almost a metre long.
He 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.’ He eventually had to drop out of school because eh couldn't walk or wear clothes easily. He spent time at home with his grandmother and brother. His parents died when he was five.
In a desperate attempt to help Forence's neighbour, Duncan Otieno, took shocking photographs of the boy’s genitals and posted them on Facebook with a plea for help. The post went viral overnight and reached the Kisumu county Governor’s wife, Olivia Ranguma, who talked asked a doctor to assess Forence’s condition. An ambulance was sent for him straight away.
Doctors at Jaramogioginga Odinga Hospital examined Forence and diagnosed him with Scrotal elephantiasis. Scrotal elephantiasis can be caused by a mosquito bite injecting larvae into the bloodstream. The larvae mature into invasive parasitic worms, which block up the body’s drainage system causing a lymphedema, or tissue swelling, and thickening of the skin. Scans showed that nestled deep within Forence’s scrotum, were two healthy testicles.
His urinary tract was withdrawn in the folds that surround it.
Forence had two operations - one to debulk the scrotum and get rid of excess mass and the second to reconstruct the penis and fashion it into a more usual shape and size. Forence said: ‘I was just happy to have the operation, I wasn’t afraid though.’ The surgery was a succes with Forence saying ‘When I got up I was surprised that my body was so light. All the heaviness had gone'
‘I’m swimming now. I couldn’t go anywhere near the water because of the heaviness of that thing. ‘Now I can run and I can play football. Now I’m free!’ And on top of that, several months later, Forence also found out that he could still one day be a father. He said: ‘I’m trying as much as possible to build myself up so that I can have a wife. But the next step I want to take is to get an education. ‘Who knows what will happen in the future?’