World’s first penis transplant recipient to become a father

The South African man who made headlines in March for having the world’s first successful penis transplant is to become a father. His girlfriend is said to be 4 months pregnant. His doctor, Professor Andre van der Merwe says this development proves without a doubt that ‘the transplant worked’.

The 21 year old recipient, who has not been identified, lost his penis in a botched traditional circumcision three years ago and had the ground-breaking, nine-hour surgery in December 2014.

“This is what we intended, that he should be able to stand up and be able to urinate and have intercourse, so it is a milestone for him,” Dr Van der Merwe, head of Stellenbosch University’s Division of Urology, told the BBC. He added that he was “very pleased” for his patient that he was to become a father.

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