|Photo credit- Stellenbosch University|
A team of surgeons from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, South Africa have recorded a feat in successfully carrying out the world's first penis transplant.
The patient, a 21 year old male was forced to have his penis amputated after a botched circumcision when he was 18. With many young men in South Africa especially the Xhosa tribe, losing their penis in this manner, this operation brings more than a glimmer of hope.
The operation, led by Prof André van der Merwe, head of the university's Division of Urology, was performed in December at Tygerberg Hospital in Bellville, Cape Town, the university announced today. The donor penis was harvested from a deceased person with the family's consent and the operation took 9 hours.
The man has since recovered normal urination and sexual function with the "new" penis.