Horace Owiti Opiyo, known as Forence to companions, was left with balls twenty times the normal size after a development kept on getting bigger in spite of surgery to expel it.
The 20-year-old initially saw a blister on his private parts in 2006 and had surgery in 2007 yet the development returned and his penis developed to just about a meter long, weighing 5kgs.
He dropped out of school as a result of the condition and was later determined to have scrotal elephantiasis
This can be caused by a mosquito bite injecting larvae into the bloodstream, which then grow into parasitic worms blocking the body’s drainage system and causing swelling.
The condition left Forence, who is from Kibigori, Kenya, in extreme agony and prevented him from living a normal life.
Unable to afford an operation he tried herbal remedies but to no success.
It was only when his story was put on social media that he got the help he needed.
Speaking about the first time he noticed the cyst, 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.
Forence’s condition meant he had to drop out of school because his testicles grew so large that he could no longer wear clothes or walk easily.
He was also teased by his classmates and was unable to afford any more surgery so spent more time at home with his brother Eliza and elderly grandmother, Salina. His parents died when he was five.
Forence said: “I told my grandmother that I have been infected by a disease, but I’m not sure what it is. It could be a curse. I knew this was not God’s work, but the devil’s.”
In an attempt to help, his neighbour, Duncan Otieno, took photographs and put the story on Facebook.
Doctors at Jaramogioginga Odinga Hospital examined Forence and diagnosed him with Scrotal elephantiasis.
Forence had two operations to reduce the size of his scrotum and reconstruct his penis so that it is usable.
Fortunately, the operation was a success and has changed the 20-year-old’s life.
He said: “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.