Saturday, 14 March 2015

MEDICAL MIRACLE: South African Surgeons Performs first successful Penis Transplant

A 21year-old man has undergone the world's first successful penis transplant. The 'ground-breaking' operation took South African surgeons nine hours to perform, and allowed the patient to urinate normally and become sexually active again. Three years ago the 21-year-old recipient's manhood had to be amputated in order to save his life when he developed severe complications after a traditional circumcision.

operation was carried out by surgeons from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, using a penis donated from a deceased person.

They said the procedure allowed the man to regain all function in the newly transplanted organ. Nine more patients will now receive penile transplants.
Professor André van der Merwe, head of the University's Division of Urology, said they were surprised by the patient's rapid recovery.

He said: 'Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery

Professor André van der Merwe, head of Stellenbosch University's Division of Urology, said: "This is a very serious situation.

"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.

"There are even reports of suicide among these young men.

"The heroes in all of this for me are the donor, and his family.

"They saved the lives of many people because they donated the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, skin, corneas, and then the penis
                       Source-daily star/mail online

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