Unwelcome Wood: UK Man Treated at Hospital for 17-Hour Erection
A North Yorkshire man found out that there can be too much of a good thing -- like a 17-hour hard-on.
Like many other healthy young men his age, Jason Garnett, a 23-year-old hotel employee from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, U.K., woke up last Friday with an erection. Only, in Garnett's case, it wouldn't go away, News.com.au reports.
Not wanting to miss work, he went to his job, but by midday, with his member still at full attention, Garnett took actions to relieve the situation. Thinking ice would take the swelling down, he tried an ice bath -- to no avail. His attempt to jog it off with his boner tucked in his belt, but the effort proved to be both fruitless and uncomfortable.
Finally, he asked his roommate to take him to the hospital.
"At first, he was in hysterics, but then realized how serious it was," he said.
His roommate wasn't the only one in hysterics. According to the Daily Mail, when Garnett arrived at the hospital, he was greeted with the same reaction. This time, from the hospital staff.
"I was in so much pain when I arrived at the desk that I can't remember exactly what I said -- but I made the staff laugh," he recalled.
He wouldn't be laughing for long. The hospital called a urology specialist, who instructed the staff to drain the blood from Garnett's penis.
Doctors drained more than two pints of blood from his Johnson and then proceeded to harpoon his "free willy" with a series of 24 injections of medication to try to restrict the blood flow.
"Seeing them stab my penis with a needle was a horrible experience, like something out of a horror film," Garnett told the Sun. "The pain was 10 out of 10."
Garnett was diagnosed with a very rare condition called priapism, in which there is a blockage of the vessels that empty the blood from the penis. The nerves essentially "forget" to narrow the arteries after the feelings of sexual arousal have passed, leading to priapism.