Health & Relationships

Man’s Left Testicle Explodes While On Holiday In Tunisia

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David Worsley a 59-year-old grandfather who worked as a security guard in Britain was suffering from a rare condition called African Salmonella and was on holiday in Tunisia with his wife Joanne in July 2014 when he experienced an ‘excruciating’ experience of his left testicle ‘exploding.’

David contracted African salmonella, which is potentially lethal, near the beginning of the vacation.

He said: “I woke up at about 5am with the most excruciating pain in my left testicle. I could barely move and I was in tears from the agony.

“I said to my wife Joanne ‘I’m really unwell’ and she called the doctor who advised I go into hospital immediately.
I was in for 10 days and the pressure continued to grow. It got so big that I needed to carry it around in my hands. It was the size of a grapefruit.”

The doctors after checking him advised him to go home but his condition did not improve the swelling increased and he began vomiting and suffering from diarrhoea.

Mr Worsley was having a bath one day when: “I got in the bath and it just exploded. It literally went bang and that was it.
When the doctor saw it later, she said that it was like a volcano exploding. It was leaking so much that I had to get one of my grandchildren’s nappies and put it around it to stop the flow.

There was no embarrassment at that point as I just wanted the pain to go away.
When it happened, I felt like a weight had literally been lifted from me, as I suppose it had. It was almost a relief that it had happened.”

Mr. Worsley underwent surgery to remove his left testicle.
suffering from psychological damage Mr. Worsley has said he did not go on holiday for the first 3 years.

Mr. Worsley has taken legal action against the tour operating company. Hannah Crosby a specialised travel lawyer for the law firm said:

“Mr. Worsley and his wife were looking forward to their trip to Tunisia for a bit of rest and relaxation but what happened, through no fault of their own, changed their lives.

“This is without a doubt one of the worst holidays from hell I have seen during my time as a travel lawyer.”

Whether he will be awarded any compensation is still unknown.


Ibukun El-dau studied economics and philosophy at University College London. He later completed a course in screenwriting at Ealing film school in London. He has a keen interest in film-making, having completed a directors course at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. He is well traveled and an avid reader, gamer and writer.

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