'Popeye' Bodybuilder Raising Money For UK Operation To Save His Arms
Synthol-injecting muscle man Kirill Tereshin has launched an online fundraiser in the hope of making enough cash for surgery in the UK.
Twenty-two-year-old Kirill, dubbed 'Popeye', said he requires treatment to save his deteriorating biceps in order to avoid potentially having his arms amputated.
Explaining how his arms came to be so grotesquely inflated, Kirill said that his original plan was to inject the oil into other parts of his body too.
He said: "I used to go to the gym for two years before being called up for military service. In the army, I was worried that I would have a hard time and lose weight so I decided to try synthol oil.
"When I finished military service, I began to transform myself and did everything at home. My mum was very worried about what I was doing, but we are okay now that she knows synthol can be removed.
"In the beginning, I wanted to inject synthol oil into other parts of my body, but then the problems started and I stopped using it."
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The synthol injections reportedly caused tissue fibrosis followed by necrosis, seriously affecting his health and leading doctors to warn earlier this year that he may need amputation surgery.
He said: "At the moment, my arms are in a bad state and are reddening. I have launched a fundraiser to see a doctor in Europe for treatment that costs around 3 million RUB (£37,760).
"I would love to go the UK for it, but the most important thing is that the treatment is successful."
Kirill said that his unusual appearance has earned him a lot of attention.
Typically, a lot of the attention he has received online has been negative, while people generally seem far more friendly and accepting when they encounter him face-to-face.
Kirill said: "Online, many people treat me badly. In real life, they want to take photos with me.
"I am known in many countries and I am sure I have fans in the UK too."
Here's hoping he can raise the money he needs to keep his arms by his side.
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