A MAN with a rare case of elephantiasis has a leg which weighs in at nearly FOUR STONE, The Sun reports. Michael, who appears on today’s Jeremy Kyle’s Emergency Room, is one of the first cases of the condition seen in the UK for half a century. He told Jeremy he first developed swelling in after being knocked over by a car 11 years ago.
He said: “I’ve got something that’s not been seen in the UK for at least 50 or 60 years, called elephantiasis. Nobody seems to know how to treat it.” Michael revealed he was hit by a car while walking across a zebra crossing and was treated at a local hospital. He said: “A couple of weeks later I went to bed at night and everything was normal. I woke up the next morning and my leg had started to swell up.
“I went back to the hospital and said there was some swelling, but they said it’s like a sports injury. It will go down. “Another couple of weeks went by, it’s still not going down. Then they told me ‘you have lymphedema, and to be quite honest there’s not much we can do about it.’”
Michael said the condition affected him “psychologically” on a day to day basis. He added: “Going out in the street people stare at me. “I can’t wear normal trousers so I have to have specially made trousers which are getting wider and wider.
“There’s some pain when I walk because there’s a lot of weight on the foot and it’s getting worse.” Dr Arun Ghosh admitted he had never seen a case like this in the UK. He said: “This tends to happen in countries like South America, India and Africa. We don’t see these cases here.”
He also explained that the condition could spread upwards to the spleen and kidneys, and can often spread to the scrotum, “which is not only dangerous but it’s very painful”. Michael’s friend Christina revealed that he gets upset about his leg and she added: “ People call him names and laugh at him.”
She also revealed that as a child, he was a survivor of a crash in the Amazon. Dr Ghosh then told him there were three known parasites in the Amazon area, which could cause elephantiasis and revealed that even amputation is no guarantee it will stop the spread up his body.