Olympic athlete Lawrence Okoye recently submitted a video to TikTok of his legs turning to playdoh. Others began to speculate that he had water retention and that his kidneys, heart, or other organs were deteriorating. He developed cellulitis, a condition caused by a bacterial infection.
Lawrence Okoye, 31, is a former Olympic discus thrower who competed in the London Olympics in 2012. He also served as a sort of trainer for various NFL teams. Fundamentally, this dude spends a lot of time at the gym.
But, he just shared a video to TikTok indicating that something was wrong with his health. He was shown in the video pressing indents into his swelling right lower thigh.
He said that his leg appeared to have turned into Play-Doh. Unsurprisingly, the comments section quickly filled up with individuals worried for his well-being.
Others immediately pointed out that this was due to water retention. They then immediately moved on to various worst-case scenarios: kidney failure, liver failure, heart failure, cancer, and so on.
Okoye did go to the doctor and then updated his fans and following. No, he was not suffering from organ failure. He had a condition known as cellulitis.
“I had a leg injury a few days ago, and the wound became infected with bacteria, causing redness, swelling, and the pitted edema you saw, which was me making craters in my leg,” he explained in the follow-up video. “It’s readily treatable; only a week’s worth of medication and relaxation, and I’ll be fine.”
Cellulitis is an infection caused by germs entering the body through skin cuts or sores. Though it is not immediately life-threatening, it can become so if left untreated.