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Published on Jun 12, 2015
The recipient of the world's first penis transplant has proved the surgery's efficacy by fathering a child just a few months after the operation. The man had his penis amputated after severe complications from a botched circumcision. Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?!), Hannah Cranston (Think Tank) & Cara Santa Maria (Talk Nerdy To Me) of The Young Turks break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
"The recipient of the world's first penile transplant will soon be a father, the South African outlet News24 reported on Thursday. The 21-year-old man recently informed his surgeons from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town that his girlfriend is pregnant.
The nine-hour operation took place in December of last year, but was not publicly announced until March, since his doctors wanted to see how the patient would recover. Just months after the surgery, the man, who has not been named, reported that he had regained all urinary and sexual functioning with his new penis. Now, his girlfriend's pregnancy confirms its reproductive functioning, Andre van der Merwe, head of Stellenbosch University's division of urology, said in a public lecture, News24 reported.
The patient originally had to have his penis amputated after severe complications from a botched circumcision, a major health concern in parts of South Africa. Traditional circumcision practices can cause disfigurement, loss of the organ, and even death from infections."*