Meet Kirill Tereshin or 'Bazooka Hands' Russia's Failed MMA Fighter & Real Life Popeye
Kirill Tereshin is a Russian bodybuilder and failed MMA fighter who injected himself with Synthol oil to enlarge his muscles. His mixed martial arts dreams disappeared when he lost his only fight and he is now suffering from serious health conditions due to his foolish actions.
Russian bodybuilder Kirill Tereshin thought that injecting his upper body with petroleum jelly would be a good idea and could give him an edge in his dreams of pursuing a career in MMA. However, it resulted in destroying his muscle tissues and causing him potential life-threatening health problems - His MMA career was also short-lived and resulted in him losing his only real fight.
The main use of petroleum jelly is to help heal dry and damaged skin, it is typically found in products such as Vaseline.
Kirill Tereshin decided that another good use of the product would be to inject it to enlarge his muscle mass. After his somewhat foolish actions, Tereshin, dubbed the real-life Russian "Popeye", is now suffering from severe health troubles as a result.
Tereshin first started injecting himself with petroleum jelly when he was 20 years old. He gathered hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram, where he goes by the name "Bazooka Hands," the Russian became known worldwide for all the wrong reasons and quickly became a target of online ridicule.
Just two years later, Tereshin received warnings from doctors telling him the substance needed to be removed immediately. Doctors said that he had injected each arm with three liters of Synthol oil, which then solidified and was actively cutting off the blood supply to his muscles, parts of which were starting to rot beneath his skin.
Tereshin was told he would need to undergo at least three surgeries to remove the substance or face amputation of both arms, and possibly even death.
Surgeons carried out two operations which both went well and removed approximately 25 percent of the dead muscle, scar tissue, and jelly, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, further surgeries have been delayed.
In an interview, Tereshin said: "Soon I will have a very complicated, hard third surgery, I don't know how it'll end up. I bulked up my arms when I was 20 due to my own stupidity. I did not think about the consequences. I am very lucky that there are doctors who took me on. God forbid something happens to this nerve and I cannot move my arm."
To start with Kiril Tereshin was more than happy with the results and had achieved everything he had hoped for from the injections, the 20-year-old was walking around with arms that measured 24 inches at the biceps.
Synthol oil is merely cosmetic, injecting yourself with it does absolutely nothing to increase muscle strength, it is a mixture of oil, lidocaine, and benzyl alcohol, it simply weakens the muscles by destroying the tissue.
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Dr Melnikov said that Tereshin has so far been very lucky, adding: "It saturated the muscle tissue, and blocked blood flow. As a result, the tissue dies and gets replaced with a scar that is as tough as a tree. We have seen petroleum jelly injected into breasts, buttocks, and other parts of the female body. We are warning that it is extremely dangerous."
Tereshin didn't have the money required to pay for the series of complicated surgeries. Alana Mamaeva, a 32-year-old plastic surgery activist helped him raise the funding to pay for his first surgery at Sechenov Moscow State Medical University.
Dr Melnikov said that roughly 25 percent of the damaged "scar tissue with fragments of muscles" was removed initially, the second round of operations only happened early this year as the Covid-19 pandemic had delayed things.
Tereshin added at the time: "I'm only 24, and my immune system is so far coping with this inflammation, but I really do not know what will happen next, that is why I started the surgeries to get rid of this nightmare."
He is hoping that a third and final operation will take place soon and go smoothly. Dr Melnikov has the difficult job of trying to carefully avoid damaging the nerves and veins so Tereshin can keep the function of his limbs.
"The hardest surgery will be on my biceps. The nerve responsible for the arms sensitivity is inside. God forbid something happens to this nerve and I cannot move my arm. I should have thought about this earlier, I know. I blame myself, I know I'm guilty," said Tereshin.