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🗓️ 17 October 2023

⏱️ 7 minutes

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Follow MrBallen’s Medical Mysteries wherever you get your podcasts. You can binge the first 8 episodes, early and ad-free on Amazon Music. Download the Amazon Music app today.

The human body is a miracle. But when it’s not working, it can be the stuff of nightmares. On this new series from master storyteller MrBallen, we’re sharing medical horror stories and diagnostic mysteries that are surgically calibrated to make your blood run cold. 

From bizarre, unheard-of diseases and miraculous recoveries to strange medical mishaps and unexplainable deaths — you’ll never hear the phrase “heart-stopping” in the same way again. MrBallen’s Medical Mysteries is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between MrBallen and Wondery, the award-winning company behind Dr. Death.

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Hey listeners, I'm here to tell you about an all-new suspense-driven podcast,


Mr. Ballin's Medical Mysteries. It's hosted by Mr. Ballin, one of the internet's most popular


storytellers. Why medical mysteries? Well, we've all been there. Turning to the internet to self-diagnose


inexplicable pains, debilitating body aches, sudden fevers, and strange rashes. Though our mind's


spiral to worst-case scenarios, it's usually nothing. But for an unlucky few, these symptoms can


start the clock ticking on a terrifying medical mystery. Each week on Mr. Ballin's medical mysteries,


you can expect bizarre, unheard of diseases, miraculous recoveries, strange medical mishaps,


and everything in between. Like the unexplainable death of a retired firefighter whose body was


reduced to ashes, even though nothing around him burned. Or the time when an entire town became ill


with nausea and chills. The local doctor initially chalked it up to being food poisoning until


people started jumping from buildings and seeing tigers on their ceilings. Each terrifying true story


will be sure to keep you up at night. I'm about to play a clip from Mr. Ballin's Medical Mysteries.


While you're listening, follow Mr. Ballin's Medical Mysteries on Amazon Music or wherever you


get your podcast. On a humid summer morning in June 1999, 36-year-old Sanju Bagat was hard at


work on a farm outside of Nagpur, a city in central India. The sun had just risen and the air was


already so hot that he found it hard to breathe. Sanju and a group of farmhands were hard at work


tending to the soybean crops. He made his way through the field, stopping to catch his breath


every few steps. Sanju moved a lot slower than his co-workers because of his massive belly.


For the past 15 years, Sanju had struggled beneath the weight of his ever-growing stomach.


At first, when he was in his early 20s, his family had thought he was just filling out a little,


like all young men do when they become adults. But Sanju's stomach didn't stop growing,


it kept getting bigger and bigger until it had swelled to the size of a massive watermelon.


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