A RUSSIAN bodybuilder with 24-inch oil-injected Popeye biceps has had surgery to save his arms following warnings that he will die.
Kirill Tereshin, 23, was told he could die or face amputation if he failed to get rid of his fake muscles that are filled with petroleum jelly he used to bulk up.
Kirill Tereshin, 23, was warned he could die or face amputation if he failed to get rid of his fake muscles[/caption]
Kirill, who has 24-inch oil-injected Popeye biceps, was told surgery is his best chance of saving his arms[/caption]
His biceps are filled with injected oil[/caption]
Surgeon Dmitry Melnikov revealed that Kirill had injected three litres of a cheap Vaseline-like jelly and not synthol as he previously claimed.
The “bodybuilder” was persuaded to undergo urgent treatment by Alana Mamaeva, 32, a leading campaigner for victims of botched plastic surgery.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
She is seen on a video calling him by his nickname “Bazooka” and describing how his artificial muscles were “horrible, horrible” compared to his “slim” body.
The campaigner raised funds for his surgery, which she attended, saying: “We are going to try and help this young man.”
Former army conscript Kirill told her before the operation: “I am ready, I am not even afraid.”
Earlier, Kirill said he did not have money for surgery.
Dr Melnikov from Sechenov Moscow State Medical University, said: “For now I have removed the damaged tissues from one arm only. Petroleum jelly saturates the muscles, under skin tissues and the skin itself.
“All that has to be removed, but we need to keep the vein, nerves and other functions of the limb.”
He warned: “Petroleum jelly is not designed for injection, only external application.
“Kirill injected about three litres into each arm. It saturated the muscle tissues, blocked blood flow.
“As a result the tissue dies and gets replaced with a scar which is as tough as a tree, you can even knock on it and hear the usual sound. We have removed all this.
“He had high fever, strong pain, and weakness.”
DESPERATE BID TO SAVE HIS ARMS
Kirill was “lucky” that the damage had remained only in his limbs and not spread to the rest of his body.
“Petroleum jelly affects the whole body, kidneys in particular,” the doctor said.
“I think Kirill did not fully realise the consequences of what he had been doing.”
He underwent a complex two-hour operation and faces “several more surgeries”, said the medic.
The doctor warned that women are increasingly using petroleum jelly for cheap beauty fixes.
It is traumatic for the body, leading to huge scars and without medical treatment it ends even with death
Dr Melnikov Sechenov
He added: “Unfortunately, this is not a rare case. In the whole our country women are often injected with petroleum jelly and so get disfigured.
“Instead of expensive plastic surgery, they agree to petroleum jelly injections and later come to us to remove it.
“We have seen petroleum jelly injected into breasts, buttocks, and other parts of the female body. We are warning that it is extremely dangerous.
“It is traumatic for the body, leading to huge scars and without medical treatment it ends even with death.”
Another Russian doctor had warned him he “very likely” faced amputation of his arms if if did not undergo surgery.
A video shows Kirill’s mother spoon-feeding him in hospital after the surgery.
Last month he was defeated in an MMA bout by Oleg Mongol, 43, a fighter twice his age.
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It was a second humiliation for Kirill who earlier this year was floored by Russian slapping champion Vasiliy ‘The Dumpling’ Kamotskiy.
The ex-soldier has also lost his fiancée model Olesya Malibu, 28, who had urged him to enlarge his buttocks, according to Russian reports.
Kirill had injected three litres of a cheap Vaseline-like jelly and not synthol as he previously claimed[/caption]
Kirill was ‘lucky’ that the damage had remained only in his limbs and not spread to the rest of his body[/caption]
Kirill’s mother spoon-fed him in hospital after the surgery[/caption]