Deep Sea Diver Reveals Extreme Body Changes After Re-Surfacing Too Quickly
The Bends. It’s not just a seminal Radiohead album, it’s also the name of a pretty bloody debilitating and often fatal illness. It leaves its victims with dizziness, headaches, nausea, joint pain and neurological conditions. Although it’s nowhere near as common as it used to be, the Bends aka Decompression Sickness most frequently affects deep sea divers who balls up and ascend to the surface too quickly.
Essentially, when the kind of pressure your body is under when you’re deep in the ocean rapidly decreases bubbles from dissolved gases can form in your blood and tissues. These bubbles can and will mess you right the f*** up. Just ask Alejandro Ramos Martinez.
The experienced diver came down with a bloody serious case of the bends after a dive in Peru’s Pisco Province and now spends most of his time in destination f****d. The poor b*****d has bubbles of nitrogen swelling up inside him and causing him to balloon into abnormal proportions. As you’d expect, he now spends his days in serious agony.
He’s gained thirty kilos due to the swelling, can’t work and basically lives on a diet of painkillers, and you have to assume, regret. I mean look at the disfigurement. Talk about yeah nah. Through continued immersion in a hyperbaric chamber, doctors have been able to reduce the nitrogen bubbles in his system by about 30 per cent but they reckon the unfortunate prick is going to need another hundred sessions or so and another $100,000 US dollars to get rid of them completely.
As a diver for seafood, poor Alejandro doesn’t exactly have that kind of cash lying around. Now that he’s unable to work, the chances of earning it are slim as f***. Until they’re gone, doctors can’t even start trying to get his body back to normal.
All I can say is that I hope he’s able to get help from somewhere. Maybe a GoFundMe campaign would be a good shout. Until then, Alejandro’s gonna be doing it pretty tough. Our thoughts are with ya, mate. We hope you pull through!