Romario Dos Santos Alves is a Brazilian bodybuilder who decided he needed to become larger than life. Three years ago he began injecting himself with a lethal cocktail of oil and alcohol injections, also known as synthol.
His condition turned so grave that his doctor wanted to amputate both of his arms. This drove him to attempt suicide.
“If you take it once there will definitely be a second time,” Alves explained to UK’s Daily Mail.
At one point, his biceps grew to a massive 63 centimeters. The synthol caused a buildup of rocks within his muscles. As this occurred, it became more and more difficult for him to inject himself. He then sought out professional help to do it for him.
“I decided the only thing I could do was but specialist needles to inject. The kind of needles used on bulls – there are no stronger needles around.”
Not only did his body begin to fall apart, people didn’t want to come near him.
Alves is telling his story for a distinct purpose: “I want other people to see the dangers, I could have died all because I wanted bigger muscles. It’s just not worth it.”
He vows never to inject himself with another foreign substance, although he does want to continue is life as a bodybuilder.