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You gotta be kidney.
A UK man is struggling to breathe due to his colossal kidneys, which are so cumbersome they’re crushing his lungs and heart.
“Mine are extreme. They just grow continuously,” Windsor’s Warren Higgs told the BBC of his enormous organs, which each weigh 44 pounds — nearly the same weight as an Olympic barbell. They’re reportedly also three times heavier than the kidney believed to be the heaviest in the world — a 16.3-pound whopper removed in India.
The 54-year-old father’s condition is the result of his polycystic kidney disease (PKD), an inherited ailment in which cysts develop in the kidneys, which caused him to suffer a severe stroke 15 years ago that left him paralyzed on his right side.
The disease was exacerbated five years ago when Higgs’ kidneys began to balloon in size. And while renal swelling is a common side effect of PKD, the ex-accountant’s organs are five times bigger than they should be, according to doctors.
“Considering your kidneys are meant to be the size of a clenched fist, mine are massive,” lamented Higgs, whose last scan showed his left kidney to be 16 inches by 10.6 inches. Meanwhile, its right counterpart measured a potentially record-breaking 19.2 inches by 11 inches.
However, Higgs is not impressed with his record-holding kidneys, which are putting a potentially fatal strain on his other internal organs.
“It’s not really a record you want to live with,” said the unfortunate fellow, adding that his enormous urinary glands are “crushing my lungs, crushing my stomach, and I know they’ve just done a recent scan and they’re crushing my heart now.”
He added, “It’s horrible because I can’t move. I can’t breathe. You just can’t do anything.”
Thankfully, Higgs is slated for an operation to fully remove his twin burdens, which he hopes to display in his house like a hunting trophy.
“I want them to go on my fireplace,” said the plucky patient-to-be, before noting that putting your extracted organs on the wall is “not something you’re allowed to do.”
Unfortunately, surgery won’t mean that Higgs is out of the woods. After the procedure, he’ll have to be on dialysis constantly, and will also need to get in shape after remaining sedentary for so long.
In order to help the poor soul regain his fitness levels post-op, local cab company Windsor Cars, and charity Driven Forward, have set up a GoFundMe to get him an electric recumbent tricycle.
They wrote that Higgs “is such a well-known character in our community and is always helping others, and we wanted to take this opportunity to return the favor and help him.”
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