A Florida man was arrested Monday after he allegedly botched a castration surgery on another man he met online through a fetish website, authorities said.
Gary Van Ryswyk, 74, had “dropped the ball on this one,” the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post after they charged him with the second-degree felony of practicing medicine without a license resulting in bodily injury for the August 18 incident.
Deputies said they responded to Van Ryswyk’s home in Central Florida just before midnight on Sunday in response to “a 911 hang-up,” the sheriff’s office said in a pun-filled news release.
“These are pretty routine and deputies respond to many of them per shift,” the sheriff’s office said. “But most of them don’t make the cut when it comes to being memorable.”
Van Ryswyk allegedly told officers he had “just performed a castration” on a man he had met on a “dark web” site “for people who have a castration fetish”.
He’d allegedly told his 53-year-old victim from Tampa that “when he was younger and living on a farm he would have to perform castrations” on bulls and other animals.
“He told the victim that he had experience on animals and had even removed one of his own testicles in 2012,” the post said.
It added: “Deputies found the man on the bed with a towel over his groin, which was bleeding heavily. Nearby, there was a pink container which held two body parts that had recently been much closer to the victim. The victim was taken to the hospital and was later flown to a regional medical center. He is listed in stable condition.”
Authorities said they found a “makeshift surgical room” with medical equipment, painkillers, and a camera to record the various procedures.
Van Ryswyk allegedly said he used painkillers he’d purchased online from England, as well as forceps and scalpels, to perform the procedure—but the man’s uncontrollable bleeding made it difficult for him to close the open wound.
The man was flown to Tampa General Hospital for “life-saving measures” and is currently in stable condition.
It is unclear whether the victim’s testicles were reattached.
“Van Ryswyk allegedly said the two had met one week earlier and tried to perform the castration at a local motel, but the man became too aroused while his penis was being sanitized,” The Daily Beast reports.
Van Ryswyk is currently being held in jail on a $250,000 bond.
The Sheriffs said that most 911 hang up calls “don’t make the cut when it comes to being memorable”, but “this one will definitely hang around in the memory for a while.”