Men and boys who have lost their penis from being cut by accident or amputation resulting from botched circumcision need not worry or think of committing suicide for obvious reason, because penis replacement is now a reality. This statement is given validity as of March 14, 2015, by Kristen Van Schie of Agence France-Presse who posted a report at gmanetwork.com, entitled World’s first successful penis transplant performed in S. Africa – doctors.
In Johannesburg, Friday, March 13, 2015, South African doctors were happy to announce that they were able to achieve a “successful penis transplant.” The report said it was the world’s first performance and done 3 months after the ground-breaking operation. The lucky patient was transplanted his brand new penis at the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town after a 9-hour surgery. The penis was donated by an unknown family, and the doctors were more than happy, because they donated not only the penis but also the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, skin, and corneas.
Salutes for Donor
Prof Van der Merwe praised the unknown donor and his family as heroes for saving the lives of many people because of the vital organs they’ve donated, the report said. The 21-year-old patient-recipient had doctors decided to cut his inborn penis off medically some 3 years ago to save his life because of complication arising from poor treatment after a crude and circumcision at a local initiation rites.
Full function recovery of new penis reported
Head of plastic reconstructive surgery at Stellenbosch University Professor Frank Graewe said: “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.” The patient, who prefers anonymity, “has made a full recovery since the operation on December 11, 2014 and has regained all urinary and reproductive functions, Doctors say.
Recovery accomplished much earlier than expected
Head of Stellenbosch’s urology division Professor Andre van der Merwe said that their goal was for the patient to be fully functional at 2 years and that they found his rapid recovery very amazing, said the report.
Patient rejects new penis
About 9 years ago in 2006, a Chinaman enjoyed his new penis transplant for only 2 weeks, after which doctors removed the organ because both recipient and his wife suffered “severe psychological problem.” This sex organ was sourced from a brain-dead man who agreed to donate it by way of his parents, according to AFP.
Young men from some tribal groups in Africa spend days outside away from the comforts of home “in secluded bush or mountain regions as part of their initiation to manhood.” In the wilderness, they’re subjected to ordeals, including circumcision and activities relating to masculine courage and discipline.
Botched circumcision takes high toll
The report disclosed that in 2014 last year, a commission found “486 boys had died at the winter initiation schools between 2008 and 2013, with a major cause being complications such as infection after circumcision.” For young men of 18 or 19 years, the loss of their penis can be deeply traumatic. They don’t have the psychological capability to process this. There are valid reports of suicide among these young men, said Van der Merwe.
Center for transplant surgery
The South African team included 3 senior doctors, transplant coordinators, anaesthetists, theatre nurses, a psychologist and an ethicist. They plan to perform more similar operations. South Africa has long been in the limelight as a pioneer of transplant surgery. At Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town in 1967, Chris Barnard performed the world’s first heart transplant.
Graduated BSEic teaching course; Teach public schools elementary grades 1964-1974; Municipal Local Government Operations Officers IV, DILG, Oct. 4, 1974- jan, 1, 2002 (retired); Writing online 2003 to present.