Bolton man says his grapefruit-sized testicle 'exploded'


A grandfather’s testicle ‘exploded like a volcano’ after he caught a rare infection while on holiday, he has claimed.

David Worsley, 59, from Bolton, thought he was ‘going to die’ when he contracted African salmonella while on holiday in Tunisia in 2014.

The infection triggered inflammation which caused his testicle to swell to the size of a grapefruit, he claims. It saw him spend 10 days in hospital.

One then burst while he was in the bath at home – a day after he was discharged. He said he has been affected ‘psychologically’ as a ‘big part of being a man has gone’.

David Worsley, 59, from Bolton, saw his testicle swell to the size of grapefruit after he caught African salmonella, he claims (stock)

David Worsley, 59, from Bolton, saw his testicle swell to the size of grapefruit after he caught African salmonella, he claims (stock)

David Worsley, 59, from Bolton, saw his testicle swell to the size of grapefruit after he caught African salmonella, he claims (stock)

Speaking about his gruesome ordeal for the first time, Mr Worsley revealed he had to walk around ‘holding them all the time’ because they were so heavy. 

In an interview with The Sun, he said: ‘After the holiday, my testicle had swollen to the size of a grapefruit and it was so heavy it was like it was made of glass.

‘The pain was so bad I thought I was going to die. When it finally exploded I felt fantastic. It was such a relief. 

‘A few days later, I woke up at about 5am with the most excruciating pain in my left testicle. I could barely move and I was in tears from the agony.

‘It literally went bang. When the doctor saw it later she said that it was like a volcano exploding. But it was such a relief because the pain had been so bad.’

HOW DID HIS TESTICLES BECOME SO BIG? 

It isn’t the first time a strain of salmonella has triggered testicles to rapidly expand in size. 

In 2011, Pakistani researchers revealed they had treated a child with a testicular abscess caused by salmonella.

They warned that the mass presented itself as a testicular tumour – until testing revealed the potentially deadly bacteria had become confined to his genitals. 

While a year later, Indian scientists highlighted the case of a 63-year-old man who developed epididymo-orchitis from salmonella.

The condition is an inflammation of the epididymis – a tube located at the back of the testicles, or the genitals themselves. 

It is usually due to infection, most commonly from a urine infection or a sexually transmitted infection – but it can be triggered by salmonella.

It is unsure what diagnosis doctors gave Mr Worsley, however, medical literature suggests he could have developed epididymo-orchitis – which causes testicles to swell after they become infected. 

The security guard told the newspaper he fell ill in 2014 during a trip to the Rui Marco Polo Hotel in Hammamet – 60km from the capital Tunis. 

He claims a rep for the holiday firm he booked with, TUI, said he was just suffering from sunstroke because he was sick and had a high temperature.

His lawyers have described it as ‘one of the worst holidays from hell I have seen’. TUI said it would be ‘inappropriate to comment’. 

It isn’t the first time a strain of salmonella has triggered testicles to rapidly expand in size. 

In 2011, Pakistani researchers revealed they had treated a child with a testicular abscess caused by salmonella.

They warned that the mass presented itself as a testicular tumour – until testing revealed the potentially deadly bacteria had become confined to his genitals. 

While a year later, Indian scientists highlighted the case of a 63-year-old man who developed epididymo-orchitis from salmonella.

The condition is an inflammation of the epididymis – a tube located at the back of the testicles, or the genitals themselves. 

It is usually due to infection, most commonly from a urine infection or a sexually transmitted infection – but it can be triggered by salmonella.

Although testicles can’t ‘explode’, they can rupture from enough pressure and certain injuries.



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