Wisconsin man fights to clear grotesque skin condition caused by his barber nicking him while shaving
Keith Crowell just wanted his barber to give him a close shave.
Twelve years later the US man is fighting to clear a life-altering skin condition he contracted after he was nicked on both sides of his neck.
Crowell of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, says his insurance has refused to cover surgery to remove the horrifying scars, known as keloids, which have slowly turned grotesque since that fateful day at the barber 12 years ago.
Keloids are tough, heaped-up scar tissue that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin.
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After Crowell was cut on both sides of the neck during a hot shave the cuts continued to grow more and more skin.
Now they resembles giant tumours sitting around his neck.
Crowell had two previous surgeries to remove the growths, but it made the condition worse.
Unfortunately despite having 18kg of skin taken off the operations just resulted in even more keloids forming.
He now has difficulty sleeping and swallowing, as well as difficulty hearing, with the keloids covering his ears.
"It can be devastating. Sometimes I feel real bad," Crowell told KFSM News.
"I want to be like, a normal person."
Crowell has started a crowd-funding campaign in an attempt to raise enough money to travel to New York and see a surgeon, who he is sure can help him.
Crowell's insurance rejected his claim to visit the surgeon after categorising the surgery as cosmetic.
He has not named the barber he visited those 12 years ago or his insurance provider.