A Thai man put a metal ring around his penis to enlarge it for Valentine’s Day – but was rushed to hospital after it swelled uncontrollably for two days.
The man, who has not been named, said he was excited about seeing a woman for a date on Sunday (Feb 14) and wanted to impress her in Bangkok, Thailand.
He heard that rings could be used to enlarge and strengthen a penis by forcing blood into the glands, so he found one in his toolbox.
However, after using baby oil to slide his member into the nut, the next day his penis started to swell. He began experiencing pain and was unable to remove it.
He called the emergency services on Saturday afternoon (Feb 13) having had the nut jammed around the base of his penis since Friday morning (Feb 12). They arrived at his house and he was rushed to a hospital.
Eye-wincing pictures and video show how medics had to use a metal-cutter to slice through the nut, as the man clung to the bed rails in pain. It was released after an hour.
He told medics: ‘I was terrified that I would need my penis amputated. It had swollen so much that I thought it would burst.’
Paramedics discovered the man’s swollen member stuck in a tiny metal nut with a diameter of 3cm and 1.5cm thick.
Doctors used a hand-held steel tool, a pair of pliers, and a thin metal sheet to avoid the slide under the ring and avoid the man’s skin from being cut.
Rescue volunteers said that the man cried with pain throughout the one-hour long cutting process.
Despite the painful procedure the doctor and volunteers managed to remove the ring without leaving a scratch on the man’s penis. He was given anti-biotics and anti-inflammatory cream to reduce the swelling.
Rescue volunteer Winai Pong said: ‘This was one of the strangest cases we have ever encountered. Most of the time it’s only people getting their finger stuck in a ring, so it was surprising when we arrived at the man’s house and he had his penis stuck in there.
‘We knew that cutting the nut wouldn’t be a problem, as we used the same technique with finger rings, but we were just worried about the pain the man would be experiencing while removing it.’
The injured man told medics that he had a date planned with a girlfriend and ‘just wanted to impress her’. He was unable to go on the date.
Doctors said he refused to tell them how he managed to get the nut stuck on his penis. They said he was using it as a substitute for an ‘erection-enhancing loop’.
Doctors also added that the man’s odd adventure had not left any permanent damage to his penis but could take a few weeks before it will function again normally.