Danny Harrop-Griffiths, a Welsh singer currently living in Berlin, has been in a hospital for ten days due to a painful, medically-induced erection that won’t go away.
Harrop-Griffiths told PinkNews that before attending a party at a club, he took a Viagra.
He ended up going home with someone that night, a nurse, who injected an ‘erection enhancer’ into his penis.
“I thought, what could possibly go wrong?” he explained.
When he awoke the next morning, the erection was still there. But it was the day of Berlin Pride, so he put off seeking medical attention and instead went to Pride “with my flatmate’s wine cooler wrapped around my penis and shoved down my shorts.”
He awoke the next morning at 5 a.m. screaming in pain. The erection had still not gone away, so he was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.
Doctors diagnosed Harrop-Griffiths with priapism, a condition that results in a painful, prolonged erection of the penis.
He was told that by waiting more than 12 hours with the erection, he made the situation worse. He now admits, “It’s one of the worst decisions of my life.”
Over the next several days, physicians attempted several treatments to reduce the painful erection.
Using a syringe, doctors tried several times to drain the blood. A plastic nail was inserted into his urethra without anesthesia (“ten out of ten on the pain scale”), but the erection continued.
He even underwent surgery as doctors took a vein from his leg to try and reduce the blood flow.
According to PinkNews, he is still hospital-bound receiving a blood thinner via IV.
“Some days I wake up, and I just cry about how stupid I was, about what I’ve lost, about what’s going to happen to me,” he tells PinkNews. “I don’t know if I’ll ever have sex again.”
“Be careful when you take Viagra, and don’t let anyone come near your penis with an injection,” he warns.
With ongoing medical treatments needed, friends have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help with the mounting medical bills.
The statement on the crowdfunding page shares that doctors believe he may have permanent damage, and give Harrops-Griffiths only a 50% chance of ever achieving a natural erection again.