A businessman, who is said to have suffered from an erection for three-weeks, was saved by surgeons in Kolkata, India, after he underwent an operation.
The 55-year-old man was forced to undergo the emergency operation after the problem firmly persisted for a staggering 21 days. According to the Sun, the hour-long operation was successful, but it rendered the man impotent.
"It was very late when the man sought treatment," the Daily Telegraph quoted Doctor Avishek Mukherjee as saying.
"The treatment has to be sought within six hours, otherwise it could even lead to death, besides the degeneration of the penis," he explained.
Doctors believe the father of two was suffering from a condition called priapism, which is triggered by a nervous system disorder, and prevents blood from draining out of the penis.
"During erection, the blood flow stops," he said.
"So, if the erection persists for more than an hour, the supply to the penis is reduced, which can damage the organ. If the supply remains cut off for a long time, the penis can even become gangrenous.
"We drained the blood and relieved him," Dr Mukherjee added.
The man, whose identity was concealed, has since been discharged from hospital.