A comedian nearly had to have his testicle removed after he suffered an agonising injury halfway through a set.
Ciaran Lyons, 22, was performing at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in April when he began to feel pain in his stomach.
But, rather than it being dodgy tummy, Mr Lyons was actually suffering from testicular tortion, a condition that sees a cord inside the scrotum twist around one of the balls, cutting off circulation.
Ciaran Lyons (pictured with Vera Blue), 22, was performing at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in April, 2019, when he began to feel pain in his stomach
He eventually went to hospital and was told he had an appendix issue - but eventually was diagnosed with testicular torsion
The comedian and radio presenter, who is currently in Western Australia, made it through his set and almost collapsed backstage due to the pain.
'Before the show I had pain and I thought it was something I ate, but 45 minutes in to the set I realised it was not good,' he told Daily Mail Australia.
'I called an Uber - I was in this laneway in the middle of Melbourne and I thought logistically that would be best,' he said.
Mr Lyons was told there was an issue with his appendix and he was kept overnight as doctors dosed him with morphine.
The next day four doctors came to see him and Mr Lyons began to fear the worst.
'It happened so quickly. One opened the curtain, and then suddenly there were four [doctors and nurses],' he said.
'I had a friend there and they asked if they should go - between that and the doctors I thought it was something serious.'
He was told he didn't need surgery as the morphine he was on had untwisted the spermatic cord - but he suffered the same injury months later and was told he needed surgery or he might lose a testicle
He was told he had suffered a testicular torsion, which is when the spermatic cord becomes twisted and stops the blood flow to the testicles.
The morphine had untwisted the cord and the doctor then checked to make sure everything was OK.
'I thought, "Why is there a viewing room for this",' he said.