El Chapo had 'testicle implant for erectile dysfunction' while on the run
'El Chapo' Guzman underwent testicle implant surgery to cure his erectile dysfunction following his daring escape from prison, it has been revealed today. Between September and October 2015, the world's most wanted man went under the knife in the name of curing his impotence, reported Mexican national newspaper Reforma, citing 'sources close to the investigation'.
The report stated that upon re-entering the maximum-security prison from which he escaped six months before, a medical examination on January 8 revealed signs of the recent surgery.
'Scars on the back, hip and reproductive organs were evident', the anonymous source told the newspaper, which is one of the highest circulating in Mexico.
The surgeries took place in a Tijuana hospital, just a kilometre from the US-Mexico border, and a town dominated by El Chapo's Sinaloa Cartel organisation.
The two largest hospitals in Tijuana, Hospital Mexico and Hospital Angeles, offered no comment on the suggestions that the operation took place in their establishments, although a spokesman for the latter who wished to remain anonymous suggested:
'Tijuana is a popular destination for cut-rate plastic surgery, and attracts people from both sides of the border. As a result there are over twenty hospitals in the city and many hundreds more private clinics'.
'It's very easy to attain unlicensed procedures here, although the health risks are enormous'.
The testicle implants are a relatively new innovation, and are intended to promote blood circulation in patients who suffer from erectile dysfunction.
The newspaper reported that El Chapo, at one time one of the Mexico's most powerful men, suffers from erectile dysfunction.
Mexican authorities reported the recovery of 'injectable testosterone, syringes, antibiotics and a prescription for over $250 dollars worth of sexual enhancement drugs' following his capture on January 8.
Mexican organised crime expert and journalist Carlos Loret also agrees with the claims, telling news website Sin Embargo that, 'Guzmán went to Tijuana to receive a procedure to implant a prosthesis, an operation that usually requires general anaesthetic and an operating room.
An impossibility in the mountains of Sinaloa', where the cartel expert believes the fugitive spent the majority of his time on the run'.
'El Chapo' escaped from prison for the second time on July 12 last year by travelling on a motorcycle on rails through a mile-long tunnel believed to have been accessed from beneath the shower in his cell.
He was apprehended by Mexican marines after a fierce gun battle in his gang's heartland of Sinaloa that left five dead last week.
Authorities said at the time that they had tracked him down after his people were in touch with actors and actresses planning a movie of his life - who we now know to be Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo.
Sean Penn's lengthy interview with the king pin was published in Rolling Stone the day after he was recaptured by the Mexican authorities.
The highly-sought after meeting with the world's most wanted man was aranged by 43-year-old Mexican soap star Kate del Castillo.
A series of flirtatious texts between El Chapo and del Castillo were revealed earlier this week, and showed the gangster may have had romantic designs on the actress.
In one message sent between September 25 and November 9, El Chapo told the actress: 'I have so much desire for you, you are the most beautiful in the world'.
While Kate returns the kingpin's compliments, she focuses on the production of the documentary: 'I haven't slept much since I saw you. I'm so excited about the project, it's all I think about', she wrote.
The actress annnounced on Wednesday that she will share he side of the 'El Chapo' story, having remained tight lipped since he was captured.
'Thank you for your support over the past days,' del Castillo wrote on Twitter, 'Not surprisingly, many have chosen to make up items they think will make good news stories and that aren't truthful. I look forward to sharing my story.'
Mexican media reports have placed El Chapo with his third wife Emma Coronel and children over the Christmas period.
Joaquin Guzmán, known as El Chapo (or 'Shorty') has fathered twelve children by three separate wives.
Another drug lord to have gone under the knife was Amado Carrillo, also of Sinaloa. The first drug lord to fly cocaine into the United States, Carrillo supposedly died on the operating table whilst undergoing plastic surgery to alter his appearance.