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A Russian man dubbed “Popeye” has been warned he faces death unless he has lumps of hardened petroleum jelly from his bulging fake biceps removed.
Ex-soldier Kirill Tereshin, 25, used injections to look like a superman but is now paying the price which may include losing the use of his arms, or worse, The Sun reports.
He has already had his fake triceps removed but now faces the first operation to get rid of dangerous giant implants from his biceps.
He admits he has to “get rid” of his self-inflicted “nightmare”.
He confessed: “I bulked up my arms when I was 20 due to my own stupidity. I did not think about the consequences.”
“God forbid something happens to this nerve and I cannot move my arm.
“I really worry about this. I am very afraid ….I should have thought about this earlier, I know. I blame myself, I know I’m guilty.”
His disastrous cheap petroleum jelly implants led to “high fever, strong pain, and weakness”.
Doctors warned Tereshin risked losing the use of his arms after he injected himself with three litres of the petroleum jelly to create cartoonish, bulging muscles, and shared the footage with his 350,000 Instagram followers.
The six litres of petroleum jelly, named synthol, that has been injected into his body has saturated his muscles and penetrated the skin tissues and skin itself - meaning it blocked the blood flow and left Tereshin with a fever and pain.
'A toxic substance in the body long term can complicate the kidneys and lead to death.'
Holding the lump taken from one of his patient's arm, Dr Melnikov said: 'Here it is, scar tissue with fragments of muscles'
Tereshin was told he was 'lucky' that the damage had remained only in his limbs and not spread to the rest of his body.
'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.'
'The jelly is not designed for injection, only external application.'