A 12-year-old boy had to undergo an emergency surgery to save his testicles after falling victim to a “bangcock” craze sweeping across schools.
Bailey Summers was approached by a group of boys at his school with the question, “What is the capital city of Thailand?”
When he answered ‘Bangkok’, he was punched in the crotch and rushed to hospital.
Mum Emmajayne was forced to “sign away his manhood” and feared the worst as a medical team at James Cook University hospital raced against the clock to save his testicles reports TeesideLive.
“They could not give him the right anesthetic and there was not enough time for numbing cream,” said the 32-year-old, from Hartlepool.
“My son was crying, screaming and begging me to help him. It was a nightmare to see him so petrified and in so much pain. It was heartbreaking.”
Motherly instinct prompted Emmajayne to skip work and rush Bailey to A&E on Friday morning, a day after doctors had initially sent Bailey home with paracetamol.
“I had to sign my son’s manhood away”
She said: “Within 20 minutes, my son was laid on a bed sobbing his heart out getting ready to be wheeled down the theatre.
“It was a sudden shock, the surgeon explained we were on limited time as testicle pain should be treated within four hours for no serious damage, or removal will be needed.
“I had a form to sign to say I approved both testicles to be removed if needed in theatre. I had to sign my son’s manhood away.”
Bailey was punched at school on Thursday morning – and by 7pm was unable to sit down or sleep amid excruciating “twinges”.
But luckily, after hours of suffering and an agonising operation, doctors were able to save both of his testicles.
“Very very lucky”
“He was very very lucky,” said Emmajayne. “They have been nipped and tucked, with four stitches to each testical.
“But he is in a wheelchair for two weeks and can’t do strenuous activity for up to six weeks. He is going to be missing out on school and a trip to Blackpool all because of a stupid craze.
“Further issues may arise in the future but right now we need to concentrate on his recovery.”
Emmajayne said “bangcock” attacks are happening in schools on a daily basis and must be stopped.
“This is a craze that has come back into trend that boys randomly punch their target in the balls to cause intense pain,” she said.
“My son had that done to him that day and must be the cause. It’s been a nightmare. I am in pieces.
“I don’t want to share my private business but this ‘bangcocking’ has been going on for a while in school and has come back as a stupid phase.
“My poor son is a example of what can happen. This needs to be brought to the attention of the kids.”