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Kirill Tereshin, the man dubbed the 'Russian Popeye' because of his artificially pumped-up arms has undergone surgery to remove lumps of hardened jelly and is lamenting his 'stupidity' at injecting himself in the first place.
Tereshin, 24, injected petroleum jelly into his arms to give himself cartoonish, gigantic 'muscles'.
But he's now paying the price for his actions and has to once again go under the knife or risk losing the use of his arms. This time, surgeons have carried out operations on his triceps to try and clear out the mess.
Kirill, from Russia, had his surgery delayed by almost a year due to the pandemic and still faces more operations to extract the jelly and 'dead muscle' from inside his arms.
He said: "I'm only 24, and my immune system is so far coping with this inflammation, but I really do not know what will happen next.
"That is why I started the surgeries to get rid of this nightmare."
He added: "I bulked up my arms when I was 20 due to my own stupidity. I did not think about the consequences."
Surgeon Dmitry Melnikov gave Kirill the shocking warning that he was at risk of dying if he didn't remove the petroleum jelly from inside his arms.
Kirill explained: "I am very lucky that there are doctors who took me on.
"The hardest surgery will be on my biceps... the nerve responsible for the arms' sensitivity is inside.
"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."
Speaking after carrying out Kirill's first surgery, Melnikov said: "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."
He added: "Petroleum jelly is not designed for injection, only external application.
"Kirill injected about three litres into each arm. It saturated the muscle tissues, blocked blood flow.
"As a result the tissue dies and gets replaced with a scar which is as tough as a tree, you can even knock on it and hear the usual sound. We have removed all this.
"He had high fever, strong pain, and weakness."
Kirill is set to hop back on the surgeon's table later this year to get the rest of the jelly taken out.
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