31-year-old Olympic discus thrower Lawrence Okoye, who competed at the 2012 Olympics, shared a video of his legs turning into playdough because of a life-threatening illness.
Sharing the video on TikTok, he was seen in the video pressing down on his shin 6 times, each time leaving a dent behind.
He said that “it’s like I’m made out of playdough”, as netizens chimed in with their possible diagnoses of what may be causing his legs to behave like that.
Some netizens deduced that it was water retention while others said that it would be his liver or kidneys failing, but the majority of the commenters urged Okoye to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
In a follow-up video, Okoye revealed that he is suffering from something called “cellulitis”.
He said that he had a leg injury a few days ago and the wound then got infected with bacteria that caused redness, swelling and that pitted edema that (the viewers) saw.
He said that it is easily treatable with a few weeks of antibiotics and some rest, adding that he “should be back to normal.”
He further added that “a tonne of people were trying to tell me I had heart disease or liver disease, kidney disease, cancer and diabetes but obviously that’s not the case.”
Cellulitis is caused by infection and can be life-threatening if not treated properly, and it can spread to other parts of the body and cause further complications.
@fullheartedpush Can’t say I didn’t warn you! 😩 #disgusting ♬ original sound – Lawrence Okoye
@fullheartedpush Replying to @Reece Roberts113 ♬ original sound – Lawrence Okoye