A Brazilian bodybuilder almost had both of his arms amputated after injecting them with oil and alcohol in a bid to look like the Incredible Hulk.
Romario Dos Santos Alves, 25, used the potentially lethal synthetic filler to pump his biceps to 25 inches, but doctors have now told him that he would face a whole host of serious health issues.
The former bodyguard, and a father-of-one, said the synthetic filler synthol almost caused him to go insane and he nearly took his own life while his wife was six months pregnant.
1. Romario Dos Santos Alves, 25, risked his life by injecting oil and alcohol into his arms — and almost had both amputated.
Alves’ outsized arms now scare children in his hometown of Caldas Novas, where he is regularly called a “beast” and a “monster”. He said:
I remember the doctor told me that they would need to amputate both arms — they said everything in there, all my muscles, were rock. I want other people to see the dangers, I could have died all because I wanted bigger muscles. It’s just not worth it.
Alves became obsessed with the drug after being introduced to it by other men in his gym.
He even tricked his wife into injecting him with the fillers in places he couldn’t reach himself, but once she realized the true extent of what he was doing to himself, she told him he had to choose between the drug and the relationship.
2. He suffered from depression and was hospitalized after trying to kill himself when his wife was six months pregnant with their son Asaffe.
I decided to fix my ways and I never again wanted to take any drugs, we went through a really hard time and almost starved.
Soon the filler started causing him constant pain and Alves almost suffered kidney failure due to the toxins in the oil.
At this point a doctor told him that his only choice would be to have his arms amputated.
3. He even tricked his wife Marisangela Marinho, 22, (pictured together) into injecting him with the oil in places that he could not reach.
4. He was told by a doctor that his only course of action would be to have his arms amputated.
Fortunately, the doctors found a way around the amputation. Alves explained:
And then thank God the doctor told me that they did not have to amputate — they could instead remove the synthol rocks which had formed in my arms.
Alves has not used the fillers for two years but other muscle enhancing drugs still tempt him from time to time. He said:
Two weeks ago I bought a substance called estigor — a horse hormone. I put the needle in my chest and sucked in the air to see if I got a vein but nothing came out. I froze and started to sweat.
My mind started remembering things that I’ve gone through and I thought that I couldn’t do it — I couldn’t give in to temptation again.
Now Alves still wants to be a professional bodybuilder but has determined to stay clean.
5. The former bodyguard said using the synthetic filler synthol cost him his sanity and nearly his life as he tried to kill himself when his wife was six months pregnant.
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