Synthol Man Is Back And This Time He’s Talking About How He Almost Lost His Arms
May 4 / Jake O'Donnell / SportsGrid
If you want to get huge, you have two options: Build muscle or fill the areas where muscles should be with a calcifying liquid that gives the appearance of muscles. Not surprisingly, the latter is a pretty horrible idea. Romario Dos Santos Alves learned this the hard way, becoming addicted to the process of injecting synthol -- a legal mixture of fatty acids, coconut oil and lidocaine -- to the point at which doctors thought they needed to amputate both of his arms.
[Daily Mail] 'My wife was crying when I left at 5am to go to the hospital for the procedure,' he added.
'I remember the doctor told me that they would need to amputate both arms. They said everything in there, all my muscles, were rock.
'It was either that or cut all of my muscles out.
'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.'
Now Romario's bizarre appearance generates mixed reactions from people in his hometown.
He said: 'One time I was working in a catholic church and a woman came up to me and said that her 12-year-old daughter wouldn't come in because she was afraid of me.
'She said that she thought I was a beast, a monster - I just put my head down and didn't say anything.