Medical Drama

Rest in Peace, 'Man with the 132-Pound Scrotum'


Wesley Warren Jr., the inspiring subject of TLC's show Man with the 132-Pound Scrotum, died on Friday at a Las Vegas hospital.

The 49-year-old's cause of death was not released by University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, but he had a history of high blood pressure and asthma. Some believe that heart troubles may have been the issue.

Friend and roommate Joey Hurtado told the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “He was in the hospital for five and a half weeks. He had infections that I think were brought on by his diabetes and then he had those heart attacks.”

Warren was known for having a rare condition called scrotal lymphedema, which causes the scrotum to swell and enlarge due to a thickening tissue and excess fluid. He first noticed problems in 2008, and the tissue began to grow at a rate of approximately 3 pounds per month until it reached 132 pounds.

Lacking health insurance, Warren tried to deal with the problem himself for four years. Finally, last April, Dr. Joel Gelman offered to perform the difficult surgery to remove the swollen tissue for free. Warren was estimated to have weighed more than 500 pounds before the surgery, and lost 200 of those pounds in the 13 hours he was in the operating room.

With his newfound freedom, Warren was finally able to take road trips and do things that were difficult for the past four years. Hurtado told the Review-Journal that he didn't believe this surgery had anything to do with Warren's untimely death.

TLC is saddened to hear about the sudden loss of Wesley. He was a lovely man who bravely told his story, and we share our condolences with his family and friends.

If you'd like to know about Warren's life, The Man with the 132-Pound Scrotum will air on TLC Wednesday, March 19 @ 10 PM.

-- Mara Betsch

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Neurofibromatosis causes tumors to grow uncontrollably along nerve shafts. Ed and Aum both have giant tumors taking over their faces. The tumors are so big, they're causing them to lose their eyesight, and they're eroding their skulls (see photo at right). What's more, functioning in society with their giant tumors is nearly impossible for Ed and Aum.

Dr. McKay McKinnon thinks their cases are treatable, even after Ed and Aum have been turned away by other doctors. The renowned cranio-facial surgeon prepares to operate on Ed and Aum as they struggle with other uncontrollable factors: medical insurance, weather and emotional upheaval.

Hear their harrowing stories as they seek life-changing surgeries. My Giant Face Tumor premieres Wednesday, Oct. 17 @ 9|8c.

"Half-Ton Killer?" Is a Murder Mystery -- With a Twist


Half-Ton Killer? follows one of the most controversial and shocking murder mysteries in recent U.S. history. Mayra Rosales, one of the world's heaviest women, confessed to killing her nephew while baby-sitting. But the facts just didn't add up.

In a Texas border town, along a major corridor known for drugs and human trafficking, Rosales was bedridden from obesity. She claimed that she accidentally crushed and killed her two year-old nephew. Immediately, the case took fire. The media wanted to bring her to justice, citizens demanded their tax dollars go elsewhere, and the judicial system scrambled for a solution.

Her attorney, Sergio Valdez, questioned the confession. The boy’s injuries appeared to be no accident, and Rosales -- deathly ill from pneumonia and weighing 1,100 pounds -- required 10 men and an extra-large ambulance to even reach the hospital. An investigation into her family's suspicious behavior revealed a story far more sinister than anyone could've guessed.

Half-Ton Killer? offers exclusive access to Rosales, her lawyer and other experts as the case is examined. Murder comes in all sizes in this compelling true story of law, love and lies. Watch Wednesday, Oct. 10 @ 9|8c.

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"9/11 Emergency Room" Reminds Us of a Life-Changing Event


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Double the Diapers (and Drama)


Teen-is-pregnant-so-am-I-300x400Ask any woman, and you'll hear that pregnancy is the best of times -- and the worst of times. There's the excitement and anticipation of baby, but that's accompanied by morning sickness, hormonal changes and a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms. So, what's a family to do when there are TWO pregnant women living under one roof?

In TLC's upcoming special My Teen Is Pregnant...and So Am I, two families grapple with this very issue. In addition to the challenge of pregnancy, there are tensions as moms mother their daughters/moms-to-be. Follow that?

Over the course of nine months, the Phillips and Forbes families come to terms with their changing families and bring double the bundles of joy into the world.

Watch My Teen Is Pregnant...and So Am I Wednesday @ 10|9c.

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