A former celebrity bodyguard with the ‘biggest hernia in the world’ – weighing a staggering 5st – is desperate to have it removed amid fears he will never walk again.
Dean Carron has faced cruel comments in the street and hasn’t seen his privates or his feet “for ages” due to the monster hernia which is still growing.
The 42-year-old, who weighs 20st, is looking at going overseas for an operation even though he’s been told further surgery could kill him.
He said he faces a lifetime of immobility and is unable to leave his house because the hernia has grown so large.
When he was physically able to go out in the past, passers-by would say “nasty things” and he would do his shopping at 2am to avoid people.
The hernia developed after a surgical wound failed to heal properly
Dean, of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, was left with the hernia – where an organ or tissue pokes through a weak spot in muscle or skin – after an appendix operation went wrong.
A large surgical wound failed to heal properly leaving him to slowly develop the large, unsightly complication.
Dean was left bed-bound for six months after the surgery at the King’s Mill Hospital, Mansfield, Nott, in 2012 and his weight increased to 26st.
The father-of-one has been told further surgery could kill him
Doctors told him that they could not operate on him again until he lost around six stone.
Now six years later – and despite losing the weight – he has been told he cannot have further surgery because of fears it might kill him due to other medical complications.
Dean is now appealing to surgeons to carry out surgery to correct the hernia which he says is gradually causing him to lose mobility.
Dean, who is 6ft 3ins tall, said: “After the original surgery it started off as just a little bump but just kept on growing. It think it is still growing and I don’t know when it will stop.
“Now I can’t walk, I can’t see my feet and I haven’t see my privates for ages.”
Dean is now looking for a surgeon to carry out the op to rid him of the monster growth.
He said: “I went to see my surgeon at Derby Royal hospital. Two weeks ago I had a CT scan and he said it was too big and complicated to operate.
“He said it was the biggest hernia he had ever seen – possibly in the world.
“What annoys me is that if I had had it sorted out when it happened I would be OK now.”
Dean says he is now facing a lifetime of immobility as he gradually becomes unable to walk. The former semi-professional boxer and a bodyguard for stars at events such as Glastonbury, has been looking into going overseas for an operation.
However he estimates he would need to go under the knife four times which would cost him around £30,000.
The father-of-one is appealing for a surgeon to come forward who is wiling to operate on him.
He said: “I had a massive hole in my side which took six months to heal up – I felt terrible about my appearance.
“I’ve fallen down the stairs seven times because my legs cramp up when I walk – I can’t remember the last time I saw my feet.”
Dean used to work out to lose weight but now says his back, legs and feet have “gone”.
He said: “I can’t go out of my house now and the social services are trying to get me into bungalow – I just don’t know where to go now.”
“I was scared to go out on the street and did my shopping at 2am to avoid people.
“It’s horrible walking around with it as people say nasty things as you are walking past.”
He added: “I can’t walk anyway – I used to love downhill mountain biking but I can’t go on a bike anymore because if I fall it could burst.
What you need Know about hernia?
A hernia occurs when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue wall, the NHS says.
It usually develops between the chest and hips.
Often, there are no or very few symptoms, but people may notice a swelling or lump in their abdomen or groin.
There are various types of hernia, and someone who thinks they have one should see their GP to find out if surgery is required.
People should go to A&E immediately if they have a hernia and they suffer the following symptoms:
- Sudden, severe pain
- Constipation or wind
- Hernia becomes firm or tender, or can’t be pushed back in
It could mean that the blood supply to a trapped section of organ or tissue has become cut off, or a piece of bowel has entered the hernia and has become blocked.