DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – A man with a size 16 foot is so miserable that he is doing everything he can to get his foot amputated.
Jeffrey Ortega, 26, was born with Proteus Syndrome, a rare condition that causes bones, skin and tissue overgrowth, according to Barcroft TV.
The condition has affected his hands, hips, legs, and feet.
Both of Jeffrey’s feet are twice the normal size.
According to Barcroft TV, Jeffrey’s left foot is 17 inches in circumference and 14 inches long while his right foot is 14.5 inches in circumference and 12 inches long.
The only shoes Jeffrey can wear are a special pair of size 16 Crocs that the National Institute of Health gave to him in 2005.
He says he lives in constant pain.
After many failed attempts to treat his condition with surgery, Jeffery believes that if his left foot is amputated, it will relieve his pain and stop the growth.
“The operation costs about $40,000 – this includes the surgery, prosthetics, and follow-up physical therapy to teach me to walk again,” Jeffrey told Barcroft TV.
“Having the amputation would improve my life so much,” he said. “It would help me walk again and I won’t have to use a wheelchair anymore”