World’s first successful penis transplant performed in S. Africa: doctors

March 13, 2015 4:00 pm
Doctors say the man, whose identity has not been disclosed, has made a full recovery since the operation on December 11
Doctors say the man, whose identity has not been disclosed, has made a full recovery since the operation on December 11

, JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Mar 13 – South African doctors announced Friday that they had performed the world’s first successful penis transplant, three months after the ground-breaking operation.

The 21-year-old patient had his penis amputated three years ago after a botched circumcision at a traditional initiation ceremony.

In a nine-hour operation at the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, he received his new penis from a deceased donor, whose family were praised by doctors.

“We’ve proved that it can be done –- we can give someone an organ that is just as good as the one that he had,” said Professor Frank Graewe, head of plastic reconstructive surgery at Stellenbosch University.

“It was a privilege to be part of this first successful penis transplant in the world.”

Doctors say the man, whose identity has not been disclosed, has made a full recovery since the operation on December 11 and had regained all his urinary and reproductive functions.

In 2006, a Chinese man had a penis transplant but his doctors removed the organ after two weeks due to “a severe psychological problem of the recipient and his wife”.

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