Though many attempts have been made, nobody has ever successfully transplanted a fully functional penis onto a humanuntil now.
At a surgical hospital in South Africa, a 21-year-old now has both urinary and reproductive functionality. The man previously lost his penis due to a botched circumcision. This is huge news for the world, but especially in South Africa, where circumcision commonly leads to amputation.
A team at the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town successfully attached the penis onto a castrated young man over a nine hour period. After several months of recovery, the team is convinced that the penis is working perfectly, completely changing the man”s life forever.
Dr. Andre van der Merwe, who led the team, used a procedure similar to facial reconstruction. The surgery is done at a microscopic level, connecting small blood vessels and nerves.
A ritual circumcision gone wrong left this man the choice between his penis or his life. This is sadly common in South Africa, with 200 incidents occurring every year. Men in this predicament often kill themselves out of shame. This new procedure can change all that.
Needless to say, this operation is a monumental advancement in medical science. Future operations can improve the lives of many men around the world who were castrated due to accidents and cancer. It could even solve problems with erectile dysfunction. The procedure now brings new possibilities to men who previously had none to choose from.