Berlin man with 'potentially life-threatening erection' launches fund-raiser
It’s not your average fundraiser.
A singer in Berlin, Germany who says he’s been suffering from a “potentially life-threatening" erection over the past two weeks thanked sympathizers for contributing to his GoFundMe page Sunday, but says he still needs to raise money for rehabilitation and travel expenses after the swelling goes down.
The native Welshman, Danny Polaris, attributed his problem to a condition called Priapism on social media.
“I was nervous at first about sharing my story about my Priapism, but I’m happy I have, then, so I can spread awareness across the world about this agonizingly painful and sometimes terrifying condition,” Polaris said in a video posted on Instagram.
Polaris’ GoFundMe page collected just over $700 over the weekend.
“I’ve had a bunch of painful surgical procedures and been at a 10 on the pain scale," he wrote last week. “Often crying from fear and pain. I may never have an erection again. It’s complicated and the doctors don’t really know what will happen. I’m being brave. But I need your help.”
The GoFundMe page, set up by two friends of Poalris, describe a harrowing ordeal that they say is becoming an increasing risk.
“Some days he’s been in so much pain, that he has blacked out / fallen unconscious, even with strong pain relief,” the fundraising page claims.