A RUSSIAN bodybuilder who grew 24-inch Popeye-like biceps by injecting them with oil is begging to come to the UK for surgery to save his deteriorating arms.
Kirill Tereshin, 22, dubbed ‘Popeye’ due to his beach ball-like biceps hanging off his otherwise skinny frame, said he is trying to raise funds to pay for the treatment.
Kirill Tereshin, 22, has been dubbed ‘Popeye’ due to his beach ball-like biceps[/caption]
Tereshin has become famous for sharing snaps of his Popeye-like muscles on social media[/caption]
He said: “I used to go to the gym for two years before being called up for military service. In the army, I was worried that I would have a hard time and lose weight so I decided to try synthol oil.
“When I finished military service, I began to transform myself and did everything at home. My mum was very worried about what I was doing, but we are okay now that she knows synthol can be removed.
“In the beginning, I wanted to inject synthol oil into other parts of my body, but then the problems started and I stopped using it.”
Earlier this year, doctors warned Tereshin that he may end up with his arms being amputated.
The synthol injections reportedly caused tissue fibrosis followed by necrosis, seriously affecting his health, and ‘Popeye’ reportedly collapsed while taking part in a music video shoot for Russian singer Sultan Uragan.
At the moment, my arms are in a bad state and are reddening.”
He is now trying to raise money for treatment to completely remove the synthol oil from his arms.
Tereshin said: “At the moment, my arms are in a bad state and are reddening.
“I have launched a fundraiser to see a doctor in Europe for treatment that costs around 3 million RUB (£37,760).
“I would love to go the UK for it, but the most important thing is that the treatment is successful.”
‘Popeye’ also admitted that he has received a lot of media attention after developing his beach-ball biceps and posting unusual video clips on Instagram.
He said: “Online, many people treat me badly. In real life, they want to take photos with me.
“I am known in many countries and I am sure I have fans in the UK too.”
Tereshin is engaged to blogger Victoria Yakynina, proposing just months after he was dramatically dumped by his then fiancee Olesya Malibu, days before they were to marry.
In a bid to change his life and “get some” after being dumped by Malibu he shaved off his eyebrows because he heard that was what women wanted.
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He also had silicon implanted into his calves because he wanted to make his legs look like “rockets”.
Doctors warn that synthol can cause pulmonary embolisms, nerve damage, infections, sclerosing lipogranuloma, stroke and oil-filled cysts or ulcers in the muscle.
Despite this, many bodybuilders use it to enhance their muscles and it is not restricted, with many brands available on the internet.
And although the oil increases the size of Kirill’s arms, it gives him no extra strength as the muscles are not really as developed as they appear.
Tereshin is engaged to blogger Victoria Yakynina[/caption]
His arms look like they are about to pop…and one day they just might just do that[/caption]
The Russian said he hopes to travel to the UK to save his deteriorating arms[/caption]
Tereshin flexes his giant arms that at one point reached 62cm (24 inches) in girth[/caption]
The ‘bodybuilder’ wasn’t always so muscular[/caption]
Social media users have been expressing concern over the damage he could be doing to his health[/caption]
A young Kirill Tereshin before he started bodybuilding[/caption]
Tereshin measures his spectacularly sized biceps[/caption]
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