IRVINE, Calif. (WZZM) -- Dan Maurer's life-changing surgery is over, and he says it went well.
WZZM 13's Sarah Sell spoke to Maurer over the phone Friday from his hospital room in Irvine, California. He says the surgery to remove a 100-pound growth from his scrotum took 16 hours, but went as planned. He wanted to thank people for their prayers.
WZZM 13 News has been following Dan Maurer's story since early July, when he asked the public for donations to help fund his surgery.
"When I go out, people do look. They try to be polite, but they can see something's not right," says Maurer.
For over ten years, Dan says he was misdiagnosed and told that losing weight would help him get better. That didn't work, and his scrotum grew to 100 pounds. It wasn't until he saw a program on The Learning Channel that he realized he had scrotal lymphedema. It's a condition caused by blockages in the lymphatic vessels. One of the leading doctors on the subject is Dr. Joel Gelman, a California urologist. At first, Dan couldn't afford the treatment, he said, "so the idea of having the money to come out here was not even an option. So I reserved myself to living this way for the rest of my life."
In July, Dan's story went national. His account on GoFundMe.com raised thousands of dollars. It allowed him to seek treatment from Dr. Gelman. On Thursday, he had the surgery to remove the growth.
"With any surgery, there's a chance of something going wrong. So, there is fear. Then, there's the excitement of changing my life forever," Dan said ahead of time.
Dan says he has a lot to be thankful for: his wife and family who have stayed by his side, and all the people who were willing to help him.