What to Know
- Van Ryswyk told deputies he had met the victim on a website and had performed the procedure on another man and himself years before.
A Florida man is behind bars after what police say was an attempted castration at home that went terribly wrong.
Highlands County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Sebring home of 74-year-old Gary Van Ryswyk this weekend, according to a post on their Facebook page, after a call was placed to their office.
When deputies arrived, Van Ryswyk told them he had just performed the medical procedure on the man inside a room at his home that had been set up like a surgical center.
Van Ryswyk told deputies he had met the victim on a website and had performed the procedure on another man years before and had even performed it on himself in 2012.
The victim was taken to a local hospital before being flown to a local medical center, where he is in stable condition.
Van Ryswyk was arrested Monday and charged with practicing medicine without a license and is currently being held on $250,000 bond.