First successful penis transplant performed in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – South African doctors announced Friday, March 13, 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 3 years ago after a botched circumcision at a traditional initiation ceremony. (READ: What happens when a guy breaks his penis?)
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." – Rappler.com