As the first man in the world a 21-year-old had a penis successfully transplanted. Already months after the procedure it works as it should.
On Friday Stellenbosch University, located outside Cape Town in South Africa, announced the outcome of the world's first successful penis transplant performed on a human.
The transplant was done in the Tygerberg Hospital in Belville in the South African capital on December 11 last year.
- South Africa remains at the forefront of medical progress, Professor Jimmy Volmik at the university said in a press release.
The 21-year-old patient had to amputate his penis three years ago after a traditional circumcision caused severe, life-threatening complications.
- This is yet another good example of how medical research, technical knowledge and care for the patient can help to prevent that people have to suffer, Volmik said.
The operation was led by urology professor Andre van der Merwe and lasted for nine hours.
And already the 21-year-old's new penis is working properly.
- Our goal was that it should be fully functional after two years, and we are very surprised how quickly he has recovered, says van der Merwe.
- It is a massive breakthrough. We have proven that it can be done. We can give someone an organ that is as good as he once had, says Professor Frank Graewe, who was also involved in the operation.
Doctors also created a penis of excess skin of the donor, so that he could be buried with something resembling a penis.
After the successful operation, nine other patients are waiting to have similar transplants.
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