An Australian fisherman was left with a large growth on his stomach after drinking from a contaminated beer can in May.
John Macdonald, 60, was drinking a beer on the Brisbane River when he dropped the can into the water. He grabbed it and continued to drink.
That decision would haunt him because only a few hours later, Macdonald became ill. He couldn’t eat or drink and was rushed to the hospital, the Huffington Post reports. Numerous surgeries were performed on Macdonald in order to eradicate a large mass growing from his stomach.
After a third operation, the growth was removed and thought of as a success by doctors. But shortly after, Macdonald was left with an even larger stomach bulge.
On May 8, Macdonald underwent another surgery to remove the large lump, but it returned yet again.
Now Macdonald is making a “worldwide plea” to anyone who can cure him of his condition. Doctors told him that he would not be able to have another surgery for another 12 months.
“Clearly the Brisbane River is far more polluted than people think – it was a split second decision on my part – a stupid one – and I have to live with this for the rest of my life,” he said, according to the Huffington Post. “I want to tell my story to the world in the hope that someone somewhere might answer my problem and finally get me well – I’m a good bloke and I want to be around my kids and my little grandchild so if there’s a bloody good doc out there that can help, then give me a holler."
December 12, 2013