The South African beneficiary of the world’s first penile transplant is to turn into a father, a specialist who performed the operation has told the BBC.
His sweetheart has reported that she is around four months pregnant, and this demonstrated that the “transplant lived up to expectations”, said Andre van der Merwe.
The 21-year-old beneficiary, whose distinguish is being secured, lost his penis in a messed up circumcision.
The operation occurred in December.
Specialists at Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital performed a nine-hour operation to append a gave penis.
Dr Van der Merwe said he was “exceptionally satisfied” when he heard that the man’s better half was pregnant, and had not requested a paternity test as there was no reason not to accept the couple.
“This is the thing that we planned, that he ought to have the capacity to stand up and have the capacity to urinate and engage in sexual relations, so it is a breakthrough for him,” Dr Van der Merwe told the BBC
He had not anticipated that the man would be fruitless, as he had an issue with his penis, not his testicles, the specialist included.
Dr Van der Merwe said the surgical group is yet to audit the achievement of the operation, and may then do further transplants.
The kid had been left with only 1cm of his unique penis as an aftereffect of the messed up circumcision. He was 18 and sexually dynamic at the time.
When attaching the donated penis, the surgical team used some of the techniques that had been developed to perform the first face transplants in order to connect the tiny blood vessels and nerves.
There have been attempts at penis transplants before, including one in China.
Accounts suggested the operation went well, but the penis was later rejected.e
Doctors say South Africa has some of the greatest need for penis transplants in the world.
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