An American man with scrotum that weighs more than 45kg is trying to raise more than £600,000 for surgery shrink it to a normal size.

We can’t help but think the doctors on the UK TV show Embarrassing Bodies would have a field day on Wesley Warren Jr, whose scrotum is so large he has trouble walking and going to the toilet.

He has elephantitis of the scrotum and made the brave decision to go public about his condition in a desperate move to raise money for the costly operation.

“It’s not easy to get around,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “It makes me stay in most of the time.”

Since developing the rare condition three years ago, Warren Jr, 47, said he had suffered from regular bouts of depression, though he has tried to maintain a strong constitution.

“I want to have real friends and a relationship with a woman,” he told the paper. “But I’m not suicidal. I’m too strong for that.”

Although he knew revealing his condition would set him up for ridicule, Warren Jr decided to go on Howard Stern’s radio and cable TV show to raise awareness of his plight.

“I don’t like being a freak, who would?” he said. “But I figured that the Stern show is listened to by millions of people and they might want to help me. I hope some millionaire or billionaire will want to help me.”

His condition is rarely seen outside of the tropical areas of Africa and Asia and is usually caused by a mosquito-spread parasitic infection.

But Warren Jr said he had never travelled to tropical areas and believes the condition is down to an accident in 2008, when he caught his testicles with his leg while twisting in bed. The next day Warren JR said his scrotum had grown to “the size of a soccer ball” and continued growing.