The Man with the 10-Stone Testicles
First Broadcast: 9PM Mon 24 June 2013

The extraordinary story of 49-year-old Las Vegas resident Wesley Warren Jnr, a man who lives with a rare medical condition so severe that he can't wear trousers, walk normally, go to work, drive a car, have sex, or even sit down without the help of a milk crate.

His story highlights the failings of the American healthcare system, which has arguably some of the best doctors in the world, but only for those who can afford them.

While the medical profession are unsure what caused Wesley's condition, for him it all started one night in late 2008. Wesley accidentally knocked his testicles while turning over in bed, causing a sharp shooting pain, and the tissues around his testicles began to swell. They've been growing bigger ever since.

In a case reminiscent of the tragic 19th-century 'Elephant Man', doctors refer to his mysterious condition as scrotal elephantiasis or scrotal lymphedema, characterised by excess watery fluid collecting in tissues of the body. Things have got so bad that Wesley can't lead anything resembling a normal life.

This intimate documentary gives a unique insight into Wesley's daily struggles, his humiliating encounters and the life-or-death operation he faces to cure this shocking ailment.

Revealing the story of how his testicles became so large, the cameras follow Wesley from his cramped Vegas apartment to one of the world's leading operating theatres, as he embarks on a fierce battle to reclaim his body and his dignity.

The programme meets the trail-blazing surgeon and medical team - many of whom have never seen a case on this scale - and views their cutting-edge procedures first-hand.

Will the operation enable Wesley to lead a normal life again?

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