Danny has been suffering with a potentially life-threatening priapism for more than 10 days. He has been in a lot of pain, last week he lost a lot of blood and may have been close to death. He is being brave, focused and is a survivor! But however positive he's trying to be, he's also traumatised and often crying with extreme stress and anxiety. Some days he's been in so much pain, that he has blacked out / fallen unconscious, even with strong pain relief. Danny has left his shame and ego at the door and spoken to PinkNews and GCN in detail about his story. His aim is to raise awareness about Priapism; A misunderstood, painful and dangerous condition that is affecting the gay/queer community increasingly more each year.
He has been stuck in bed for almost the whole time and now has back, leg and neck pain. He's scared as I'm sure anyone would be in this situation. It's uncertain whether he'll have another natural erection ever again. Doctors give him less than 50% odds. So what happened? On Saturday morning, 26th July, before Berlin CSD/Pride, Danny received a life changing injury to his penis. So far he's had more than five painful procedures on his penis, some without anaesthetic, only some of which have been a partial success while most of them failed. He's been waiting 11 days for blood clots to drain from his penis. It may take another 3-5 days.
It's likely that his penis is now permanently damaged. More details of the medical stuff: A priapism is an erection that will not go down and as a result can be agonizing painful. Danny's particular kind has serious complications, such as potentially life-threatening blood clots and this is currently what Danny is fighting. He's scared and traumatized but is being brave and optimistic. We are unsure how far his insurance will take him. Especially regarding aftercare and rehabilitation. He's also in a financial black hole from missing out on freelance writing work and performance work. We don't know yet if he is able to keep his new job.
He will need counselling / psychotherapy, alternative therapies and further operations in the future for reconstructive surgery. This fundraiser is for things to make Danny more comfortable, like a mobile phone (he had his basic Nokia phone stolen at Berlin CSD), drinks, snacks and alternative therapies like reiki and acupuncture to aid healing and for travel costs and passport renewal costs for his parents in case they need to come to Berlin to help him when he leaves hospital.
Any donation is welcome. Let's get him back on his feet!
Fundraising team: Danny Polaris' Priapism Recovery Fund Team (2)