WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT: A terminally ill YouTuber has shared pictures of a cancerous tumour that is eating him alive from the inside after claiming doctors gave up on him months ago.
Philipp Mickenbecker, 23, from the municipality of Bickenbach in the German state of Hesse, who beat cancer twice before, has confirmed that there appears to be little hope for him after a large tumorous hole appeared in his chest.
The popular YouTuber has been running the invention channel 'The Real Life Guys' since 2016 with his twin brother Johannes Mickenbecker, 23, which has over 1.3 million subscribers.
Philipp was diagnosed with cancer before, the first time at the age of 16 when doctors detected lymphoma, a cancer type which attacks the body's germ-fighting network.
Nevertheless, he managed to overcome the disease due to determination and self-discipline.
He subsequently overcame lymph node cancer before being diagnosed with the same cancer in November 2020 when doctors told him he should expect to die in a matter of days.
"The doctors are now holding back, they gave up on me six months ago. There are no treatments that could help me," Mickenbecker told the German newspaper Bild.
However, despite the devastating diagnosis, Mickenbecker is still alive and trusts that God will save him, saying, "My faith gives me hope and support."
Mickenbecker explained how he finds it difficult to sleep at night as he sweats a lot and has trouble breathing.
"The tumour pushes itself inside out. You could say that I am rotting alive," he said.
The young man, who is supposed to turn 24 on June 27, treats his wound with activated charcoal dressing on a daily basis.
"My chest is almost completely open, it festers, it's wet and it smells a bit too. But I am not in pain," he said.
His twin brother Johannes expressed his support by saying it was "amazing how cheerful and fit Philipp is despite the circumstances".
The family suffered another tragedy in March 2018 when the brothers’ 18-year-old sister Elli Mickenbecker died in a plane crash in the town of Bensheim in southern Hesse.
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