Andrew Wardle is not like most men: he has a show coming out on TLC. Also, he was born without a penis and his bladder on the outside of his body. The operation Andrew went through as a baby to put his bladder back where it belongs resulted in a lot of scarring and not much else...down there. After a wild teenage life and some despair, at 33 Andrew heard of an operation that could help him build a third leg. Out of his arm.
Andrew told People about the process, which will also be the subject of his upcoming show:
"They told me they could build a penis out of my arm," Wardle says the of the four operations he'll soon undergo. Doctors will incorporate muscle and skin grafted from his right forearm to create a fully functioning penis.
While he has high hopes for the final result, Wardle knows it's a slow process.
"I'm taking it one step at a time and not expecting anything," he says. As far as going public with his long-held secret? "I'm at the age where I really don't care. Since I hit 40, I don't care what people think or do."
Congrats, dude. You've accomplished what most men never will: being cool with what you got.