The Sun newspaper commissioned this interview with David Worsley who fell ill on holiday in Tunisia.
He has since launched a civil action against the holiday company and you can read the story in full on the link here.
A grandfather has told how contracting salmonella on a dream trip to Tunisia caused his testicle to explode.
David Worsley fell in four days into the ten day holiday in July 2014 and spent most of his break in hospital with severe sickness and diarrhoea.
When he returned home to Bolton, Lancs, it continued. Doctors at the Royal Bolton Hospital found he had a rare form of African salmonella.
David, who went on the trip with wife Joanne, 50, was so ill he lost three stone and three weeks later woke up with excruciating pain in his left testicle.
After another ten days in hospital he was sent home again with antibiotics, only for it to explode ‘like a volcano’ in the bath.
David, 59, recalled: “My testicle had swollen to the size of a grapefruit and it was so heavy it was like it was made of glass.
“I was so weak as I’d done nothing but be sick and be on the loo for over a month, and I literally had to carry my testicle when I walked.
“I knew something wasn’t right. My first fear was that it was cancer. It was like I could feel it being eaten away. When I first went to hospital, I said to the doctors ‘Chop it off, I don’t care, I just want rid of it.’
“The pain was so bad I was in tears. I was on Tramadol, Co-codomol, antibiotics, even Morphine and that did nothing for the pain.
“After I was sent home I knew it wasn’t right, I was terrified. I went back and asked for an ultrasound and the doctor said that she’d never seen anything like it in 20 years.
“She said she couldn’t see anything in there and sent me home again. When it finally exploded I felt fantastic. It was such a relief.
“It was gruesome, like something from a horror film. There was blood and this creamy white gunk coming out of it, but at least the pain had gone.”
David had to wear two of his grandson’s nappies to contain the oozing on the car journey to see his GP. She called him a ‘poor, poor man,’ and wrote on his notes ‘This man’s testicle has exploded like a volcano.’
When he finally had surgery, the testicle had been eaten away by the infection and had totally disintegrated.
David said: “I knew that was what was happening. You know your own body. I was absolutely terrified and felt like no-one was listening to me.”
Doctors told him the sickness and diarrhorea from the salmonella caused him to be so dehydrated it led to a severe urinary tract infection.
The build up of infection caused septicaemia but fortunately, the infection was contained in his testicle. If it had entered his blood he could have died.
He needed four months off work from his job in security at Bolton Town Hall to recover and was so scared it might happen again that he didn’t go on holiday abroad for three years.
And he says that while he’s aware he’s lucky to be alive the experience has taken its toll.