A young South African man who was the world’s first successful penis transplant recipient last December has impregnated his girlfriend, according to the doctor who led the surgery.
The 22-year-old man, who underwent a 9-hour transplant operation performed at Tygerberg Hospital in Bellville, Cape Town, was sexually active five weeks later. His penis had been amputated three years ago after a botched circumcision performed during a traditional African rite. The patient is among around 250 South Africans who lose their penises each year in botched traditional circumcisions.
“To us it means we are ticking most of the boxes where this guy can stand and urinate normally, can have sexual intercourse and his penis function has recovered completely,” Andre van der Merwe, who led the surgical team, told Reuters. “Now to have children is the last thing we wanted.”
NBC News adds:
Announcing the successful transplant in March, Van der Merwe’s team said the procedure could eventually be offered to men who have lost their penis to cancer or as a last resort for severe erectile dysfunction.
Van der Merwe has received requests for penis transplants from as far afield as the United States, Colombia and Russia. “I do believe we will transplant again before the end of the year,” he said.