The first case of a man killed by penis enlargement surgery has been reported in Sweden.
The healthy 30-year-old man had wanted to increase both the girth and length of his genitals using a process where fat is transferred from his stomach.
According to DailyMail, plastic surgeons first carried out the elongation, which involves making an incision to loosen a ligament at the base of the penis.
They then began the enlargement and had planned to inject two fluid ounces of fat cells.
The Journal of Forensic Sciences reports that before they finished the injection, his heart began racing, his oxygen levels fell, and his blood pressure dropped, and he then suffered a heart attack.
Doctors performed CPR and sent the man to an emergency room, but he died less than two hours later.
The patient, who had mild asthma, but otherwise no past medical history, died from a fat embolism, the report’s authors state.
This occurs when fat tissue passes into the bloodstream and lodges within the blood vessels of the lung and other sites, resulting in respiratory failure.
The paper states that ‘penile elongation and enlargement is considered to be a simple and safe procedure’ but warns that complications may be higher when both procedures are combined.