|Father-of-one Romario Dos Santos Alves, 25, risked his life by injecting oil and alcohol into his arms – and almost had both amputated|
Father-of-one Romario Dos Santos Alves, 25, used the potentially lethal cocktail to pump up his biceps to 25in and he now faces a catalogue of serious health issues.
The former bodyguard said using the synthetic filler synthol cost him his sanity and nearly his life as he tried to kill himself when his wife was six months pregnant.
|Mr Alves became obsessed with the drug after moving from his hometown to Goiania in Brazil three years ago, pictured (above) before he started using the synthetic filler|
'If you take it once there will definitely be a second time - it's addictive,' he said.
'I remember the doctor told me that they would need to amputate both arms - they said everything in there, all my muscles, were rock.
'I want other people to see the dangers, I could have died all because I wanted bigger muscles. It's just not worth it.'
Mr Alves became obsessed with the drug after moving from his hometown to Goiania in Brazil three years ago.
He said: 'I saw some really big guys in the gym with huge arms and I started to make friends with them.
'They introduced me to synthol and I got excited about the results - I lost control.'
He began to find ever more dangerous ways of injecting himself with the oil.
'My muscles started to solidify and I couldn't even inject my arms - they were full of rocks,' he added.
'I decided the only thing I could do was buy specialist needles to inject.
'The kind of needles used on bulls - there are no stronger needles around - I know it seems stupid but I had to get my synthol fix.'
He even tricked his wife Marisangela Marinho, 22, into injecting him with the oil in places that he could not reach.
'I told her there was no problem with it - that it left the body after a short time.'
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