Man's tearful appeal to remove giant tumour caused by ear piercing By Elle Griffiths Andrew Roberts, 26, is desperate to raise the £20k needed for the operation to remove the horrific growths from his ears and face A young man has launched a video campaign to fund an operation needed to remove a horrific tumour from his ears. Andrew Roberts, 26, makes a tearful plea to the viewers to help him raise the £20k ($30k) needed for the surgery in the shocking footage. The huge growth, which can clearly be seen in the film protruding from his earlobe, is actually a series of growths known as keloids. Andrew explains that the keloids first occurred after he had his ears pierced 11 years ago and have continued to grow to an alarming size. The huge unsightly keloids are ruining Andrew's life And despite having two previous surgeries and a steroid injection, the monster keloids have continued to grow. In the emotional video, the young American explains that his disfigurement is having such a huge impact on his life that he is considering 'giving up.' The downtrodden man explains: "I wear a hoodie all the time even when it's hot outside. "If I don't, I get weird stares and some people even laugh at me. "I just don't even want to go out in public anymore." The growth extends down from the ears to the jaw Overcome with emotion and fighting back tears, he finally adds: "I just want help." The heart-wrenching clip is accompanied by a gofundme page where Andrew elaborates: "I believe in humility and I ask you personally...please, please can you help me to get this final surgery to help me end the suffering I been enduring for years." The site currently has only 4 donations, totalling less than $200. But Andrew is determined to raise the funds for the expensive surgery with a keloid specialist in New York. Andrew fights back tears as he pleads for help in the video In addition to the surgery, it is believed Andrew would also need to blast the growths with radiation. Keloids are the result of an overgrowth of collagen at the site of a healed injury. They are not contagious or life-threatening but as in Andrew's case can grow out of control leading to huge unsightly growths.