A grandfather has been left in agony by a mystery condition that caused a massive growth to appear on his stomach after it ballooned up.
Sixty-year-old John Macdonald’s troubles began when he took a sip from a can of beer he had dropped into a river.
A few hours later he was violently ill and four operations and several courses of antibiotics later he has still not been cured, with a hernia-like mass of flesh on his belly.
John, who was fishing on the Brisbane River in Queensland, said: ‘I want to tell my story to the world in the hope that someone somewhere might answer my prayers and finally get me well.
‘I’m a good bloke and I want to be around for my kids and my little grandchild so if there’s a bloody good doc out there that can help, then give me a holler.’