Valentine’s Day is known for lovers to be suddenly doing extra at all levels and making ridiculously extravagant moves to impress their partners. But this guy may have gone a little too far.

A man in Thailand had to be taken to the emergency room after trying to enlarge his penis with a ring before Valentine’s Day, causing painful swelling. However, he did not receive immediate help and chose to remain in this state for close to two days, after which the paramedics had to use industrial grade bolt cutters to free his penis from the ring.

The unnamed Bangkok resident told the emergency room that he tried this do-it-yourself penis enlargement hack while preparing for a V-Day appointment he was really looking forward to. Hearing that the rings could have the desired enlarging effect on his dick  by getting blood into the glands, he looked through his toolbox and found a three-centimeter-wide nut that he thought suited his unique grooming technique.

On February 12, he used baby oil to help the nuts glide easily around his penis, but soon began to run into problems. The next day, it was swollen and not in a good way, giving him excruciating pain. Finally, when it became clear that it became too big to make it to the big appointment, he called the emergency on February 14th. “I was terrified that I would need my penis amputated. It had swollen so much that I thought it would burst,” The Sun quoted the man as saying.

It took an hour and a wide variety of tools for the paramedics to assist him. They used a handheld steel tool, a pair of pliers, and a thin sheet of metal that they slid under the ring to avoid damaging his skin.

Having been freed from the grasp of the nut he shed tears of pain and joy after getting rid it. He was given antibiotics and anti-inflammatory cream to control the swelling.

“This was one of the strangest cases we have ever encountered,” said Winai Pong, one of the rescuers. Most Valentine’s Day ring mishaps revolve around someone choking on it when they’ve been sneakily proposed to with, or one wedged in a finger. So it was a shock to them when they arrived at the man’s house, only to find the ring stuck around his penis.

“We knew that cutting the nut wouldn’t be a problem, as we used the same technique with finger rings, but we were just worried about the pain the man would be experiencing while removing it,” the rescuer said. But the operation was successful and doctors ruled out any permanent damage. They added that his penis will function normally within a few weeks.

Penis rings are a popular sex toy. They help restrict blood flow to keep the penis harder for longer and in the process make the penis appear slightly larger. But these are made specifically for these types of experiments using safe materials like expandable plastic or metals, ensuring you don’t need immediate medical attention to remove them.

But as it turns out, many people are unaware of their existence and often pay the price for trying unsafe methods to enlarge their dongs. In January 2020, a 40-year-old Mumbai resident nearly died after squeezing his penis into a three-millimeter ring, and needed the help of not only doctors but also the public works department to save his life. In March 2017, a Malaysian man in his 20s went through a painful ordeal when a metal ball ball ring was stuck in his penis for more than 12 hours and firefighters had to come to his rescue.