Back then, there was vaginal transplant, now, there’s already penis transplant.
On December 11, 2014, a 21 year old man received a donor’s penis during a nine-hour procedure performed at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town after 3 years of suffering from botch circumcision from a traditional initiation ceremony.
It’s a massive breakthrough! 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. It was a privilege to be part of this first successful penis transplant in the world,” said Professor Frank Graewe, head of plastic reconstructive surgery at Stellenbosch University.
Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery,” says team leader, Andre van der Merwe of Stellenbosch University.
According to Andre van der Merwe, South Africa has a greater needs for penis transplant than most of the world because young men who are members of the Xhosa people often undergo ritual circumcision, sometimes in rural areas without using proper and sterilize equipment.
Now that the team were able to show a successful outcome of the operation on a single patient, they have another 9 patients on deck to received donated organs in the near future.
via New York Daily News