(NYDN) – In an attempt to extend the length of his penis, a man cut his life short.
A man in Sweden traded years for inches when he died during penis enlargement surgery performed at a private plastic surgery clinic in Stockholm, Sweden, the Journal of Forensic Sciences reported.
The surgery, considered a safe procedure, involved transferring unwanted fat from the patient’s belly to his penis.
This marks the first known death from penis enlargement surgery, the journal reports.
Surgeons first performed a penile elongation on the man, incising the base of his penis to loosen a ligament. They then began the enlargement process by injecting two fluid ounces of fat cells into the patient’s penis.
But some of the fat intended to increase his member’s girth loosened during surgery, travelling through the punctured veins to his lungs, where they ruptured blood vessels, the study concluded.
The patient went into cardiac arrest and was given CPR, but it was unsuccessful. He died hours later.
Doctors said the patient likely died because the loosening of the ligament and the fat injections in the penis shaft were performed at the same time.
There have been several cases in which patients receiving butt lifts have died from the same condition.
“This is the first described case where a seemingly simple and safe procedure of penis enlargement by autologous fat transfer caused sudden death in a healthy young man,” the study said.
“Perhaps the risk of fat embolization is higher when pretraumatized tissue is subjected to fat injection, like in this case, where a penis elongation by loosening of a penile ligament was performed before the fat injection.”