An American has turned to the internet to raise $1m to pay for an operation to fix his scrotum, which has swollen to an eye-watering 45kg. Aussie Reg reader Andrew pointed us towards the case of Wesley Warren Jr, who has been afflicted with scrotal elephantiasis for the last three years. The condition is common in Africa, where …
Shouldn't his name be Buster Gonad?
He's getting treatment from a Russian doctor, you know; Gunter Hackyabolokov.
The Norwegian was treated by the same guy but I think his name was Viktor Yankabollockov
...will sponsor the treatment on his unfeasibly large testicles?
Either the national distributor of Brazil Nuts or Adidas (soccer/football ball division) would be naturals! My guess is that he could probably get a better deal through tissue/organ donation.
...so many Americans think a national health service is a bad thing. If he was a UK citizen, he'd most likely already have been treated and would be on the road to recovery by now. It's obscene that he has to even think about the cost. Oh that's right, I forgot- in American English "socialism" is a synonym for Communism isn't it?
I read somewhere that Medicaid (the public healthcare system that isn't helping him) cost every American tax payer more per person than the UK NHS (which probably would've helped him and lots of others).
The USA system tends to let conditions fester until they become emergencies, at which point they can get treated under the public system. This, obviously, costs a lot more to the public system compared to fixing the problem as soon as possible. Chances are that in a proper public system, this condition would have been treated much earlier, at a far smaller cost.
NHS was agreed by all parties
Not just the socialists
Not quite, Chris P
To quote the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy: "socialist" means "un-American".
And if you're a Republican, "liberal" means "socialist".
great for the unfeasibly large testicle, but the death panels??? they are just too high a price to pay :-)
Ohh me plumbs!
agreed by all???
NHS was agreed by all parties - except the doctors and the tories
there fixed it for you
Doctors opposed it on the basis of concerns about how they would get paid. Now, they're very vocal supporters as it gives them a nice high income. For consultants, it gives them a tidy wedge to supplement their private work.
The Tories opposed it for their own reasons ;-)
Both were right to question the NHS as a concept, but both did so for the wrong reasons. Now we have an unaffordable, easily exploited system that tries to offer everything to everyone (depending where you are), and fails at most things. Great, we can offer sex changes and IVF, but we can't afford cleaners and A&E waiting times are hours long.
A wonderful, utopian idea, doomed to fail - a bit like most socialist concepts.
No, the doctors agreed, especially once they were able to ensure they could still carry out private consultations.
. Now we have arguably the best health care system in the world
I fixed that for you.
Worse.. Even "uncivilized" countries like Iraq used to provide medical services free of charge. Granted; I have no idea how the skills of their doctors fare in comparison with those in Europe or the US, but the fact remains that even there people like him would have been treated.
Makes you seriously wonder about the difference between "civilized" and "uncivilized"...
pictures or it didn't happen ...
The Conservatives fought against the inception of the NHS as hard as they could, as it was going to take away the rights of doctors to get rich.
"NHS...was going to take away the rights of doctors to get rich."
<baldrick>They are sort of rich now, though, aren't they?</baldrick>
and have laboured night and day since to dismantle it
Ah the wonders of the American Healthcare System: great if you can afford the ridiculous premiums and are then lucky enough to get them to cough up in times of need.
Anyway I feel sorry for him and wish him good luck.
I'm sorry, but that's a ridiculous made-up number. I guess he'll need it to retire on after the say $20,000 operation which made him the world's laughing stock.
For £300K you can have a series of operations to separate conjoined/siamese twins --- from flying them in with parents and lodging those for many weeks in London, to several operations to separate circulation and blood/brain barriers and bone and other tissues, and so forth and so forth.
As if the problem wasn't worth snipping off at 10kg... Or is he so massively overweight that he didn't notice given the overhanging belly?
I remember their original M.O., deny claim at first, then deny again, then finally pay after you pushed the issue, and they couldn't figure out any other way to not pay it.
Plus they had the racket of the century going for a while:
Have job at (A), hurt your back forever, insurance company (G) pays while at job (A).
Leave job (A), get job with (B), new insurance company (H) says prior condition, not covered.
Throw in a few more jobs over the years, and everything that hurts and is broken is a prior condition and not covered, still pay high premium, for what's left that isn't broken only
I don't know what it's like under the new plan. But I can tell you that the best insurance plan I ever had was under the Army, and it was the very definition of social medicine. Everyone pays the same price (by grade), and whatever is wrong is covered and fixed, period Yet the Repubs in the states think anything "social" is a Russian plot. I have even seen soldiers that were Republican bitching about President Obama trying to give everyone socialized medicine, they didn't even realize that that's what they themselves had. Hell Republican senators have had their own private socialized medical plan for years.
If the Law enacted by Congress is good enough for the rest of us.. then maybe Congress should be forced to join it as well!
asking the internet for money?
well, he's got balls, I've give him that ....
Ok, that one made me giggle.
If The Reg posted a picture
you could clearly see he's nuts.
(audible joke transcribed into text - doesn't quite work...)
Through the careful exploitation of image rights, he could make enough dosh to sort out his pesky testes once and for all.
It's like the old saying goes "if God gives you comical testicles, take profitable photos of them"
Something to remember...
Definitely a situation to remember as our politicians rush to privatise and dismantle our NHS...
I, for one, am proud of the UK's pubic health service.
bad, bad, bad,.... I hate you register for making me read this AND click on the link
At first I thought it was funny, but having read the article linked here, its really terribly sad. Paris should donate to this cause she's so caring these days.
What no free healthcare?
Sounds more like a competition, Get your balls cut off for only 1 Million Dollars.
I'm sure Viz magazine would sponsor him.
I am so happy that I live in a country where doctors ask "What seems to be the matter?" and not "How will you be paying?"
"What's the matter?"
I don't think the doc would need to ask that question in this case...
What country is that?
Caring doctors, non-cartelized healthcare and affordable treatment not financed by Nonexistent Money From The Future®!
I want to go there.
there, i said it.
That guys has some big balls to go asking for help!
That's all I have.
Depending on the amount of beeding...
...they might have to remove everything.
I can feel the draft of every man's knees slamming closed at the same time.
And the spacehopper link photo...
...new keyboard please.
He's taking the piss
No way do wheelbarrows cost that much!
$1M?? wtf?? I find that hard to believe
That struck me. It seems awfully bloody expensive. A holiday in Mexico or Uruguay might save a lot of cash.
He put his balls in a microwave to get medical weed-
I saw a similar thing on TV once...
Viz will be suing him for copyright shortly...
Get Viz magazine to sponsor it, create an American Buster Gonads
Bearded, banjo playing hillbilly with unfeasibly large testicles.