Monday, September 02, 2019- The former bodybuilder is fighting for his life after developing strange swelling on his chest and arms in what is suspected to be side effects of a Synthol injection.
Synthol is a substance used by body builders as a temporary implant which is injected deeply into the muscle.
However, Ronny Rono, 30, has denied ever injecting himself with the muscle enhancing substance.
This condition started in June 2016 as a small swelling in his right arm and when he went to a hospital in Kericho, he was given painkillers and informed that he required surgery to remove the tumor.
One year later, the swelling spread to the left hand and later the chest and neck.
“Ironically, I couldn’t feel much pain but it reached an alarming level last year when the swelling reached my chest. I underwent biopsy at the Kericho county hospital but the doctors couldn’t determine what I am suffering from and yet the swelling and the numbness persisted and is now spreading to my neck,” said Rono.
“The condition makes me feel like I am carrying a lot of weight which my backbone cannot support and that is why I am always feeling fatigued, I have to lie in bed,” he added.
Doctors suspect the condition is as a result of Synthol injection but Rono denies ever getting the injection during his bodybuilding days.
“I don’t have any recollection of receiving the Synthol injection. I was nonetheless drunk most of the time during my bodybuilding days and I don’t have a memory of everything I might have done,” Rono.
Due to his condition, his wife took off with their five-year-old daughter.
“After I suffered the health complications, I had no option but to quit my job last year at Elimu Sacco where I worked as a junior employee at the registry. This means I couldn’t afford to fend for my family and my wife abandoned me,” he said.
He now needs up to Sh3 million to undergo plastic and reconstructive surgery.
“I pray that I will get healed. Go back to work and be in a position to win back my family. I really miss my daughter,” said Rono.
The Kenyan DAILY POST.