Another premiere takes over the medical world. The first patient who underwent a surgery for a successful penis transplant is about to become a father, according to the doctors who performed the operation.
The 22-year- old man from Cape Town, whose identity remains unknown, is one of the 250 South African males who have the misfortune of losing their penises every year after traditional circumcisions, which are carried out under primitive conditions, go wrong.
These often lead to infections or various complications during the procedure and afterwards to penis amputation. This man’s penis became gangrenous and had to be removed as well. This is usually a very traumatic experience for these people.
“For a young man of 18 or 19 years, the loss of his penis can be deeply traumatic. He doesn’t necessarily have the psychological capability to process this,” said Andre Van der Merwe, who led the surgical intervention in an earlier article about the patient. He also stated that because of this negative experience, many of these men are likely to commit suicide.
This particular man’s transplant intervention took about nine hours and was initially part of a study carried out by Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch.
The man became sexually active five weeks after the operation was carried out in December 2014, which was definite proof that the transplant was a major success. However, the doctors are amazed at how well everything went, given the fact that the man was able to procreate as well.
Andre van der Merwe stated that the doctors were hoping the man would be able to urinate and have sexual intercourse like a normal person but they never thought about him becoming a father so soon.
He stated that the experts did not conduct a paternity test to see if the child was really his, but that there was no reason not to trust the young man, given the fact that the surgery he underwent did not necessarily affect his fertility, so he was able to ejaculate normally and procreate like any other man.
This penis transplant gives new hope to many men whose circumcisions fail, but also to those who lose their penises to cancer or erectile dysfunction.
Thus, Dr. Andre van der Merwe is confident that his team will perform another transplant by the end of the year, since he has already received requests from people living in the U.S., Russia and Columbia.
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