A 42-year-old man with sickle cell disease is suffering from a rare and distressing condition called priapism, which causes his penis to remain erect for two days without intercourse.
The man, identified as Stephen Danquah, told Accra TV3 that he was in agony for days, unable to urinate, sleep and find no relief.
He said he was crying because of the unbearable pain and was contemplating suicide.
According to him, he was neglected by his family members who were afraid of his condition.
He said that he has been struggling to raise money for medicine and surgery, and though doctors at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital have advised him to undergo treatment, he said that otherwise he might lose his life.
“I have erectile dysfunction two days ago. And then I’m suffering from my poop and penis. I can’t urinate or even sleep. I’ve been crying ever since.”
“Even my family members don’t want to come near me in my condition. Because of this, I was struggling to find the money to take care of myself, get medicine or go for an evaluation. I was told that the hospital Corle Bu had lost my life so that I could at least try to do the operation.
“…with the pain I am experiencing, at times, I long to end my life because I am in pain. “Nowadays I don’t worry about where I’m going to sleep, I’m just worried about how I’m going to get off,” he explained.
A urologist who spoke in the report noted that people with sickle cell disease, such as Stephens, often develop prapism.
“The long-term and short-term impact on the patient’s life is of concern and concern to many of us,” he said.
Priapism is a medical emergency that results in prolonged and painful erections caused by blood in the penis.
Sickle cell disease can occur for a variety of reasons, including medication, injury, or infection. If left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to the penis, erectile dysfunction or gangrene.
A male sickle cell patient is battling priapism, suffering days of intense pain as the condition worsens.
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