It's rare that you read such a heartwarming story about a penis transplant, especially since there have only been three recorded penis transplants in history. The second one took place in the US last year (USA! USA!). And last month, a 40-year-old South African man became the recipient of #3. It's actually a very sweet story.
The man lost his penis 17 years ago due to "complications from circumcision," the Daily Mail reports. On April 21st of this year, after a 10-hour surgery, he was able to have a new penis reattached from a donor. Good news: the new penis is in working condition, and the man can now use it to both urinate and, finally, to have sex again.
That wasn't working out so well for him before, for obvious reasons. "The man had been in relationships before, but whenever the question of sex arose, he bailed out," said Professor André van der Merwe, head of Stellenbosch University's urology department who led the operation. "That will no longer be a problem."
We don't know exactly what the patient has been up to since the operation, but we can imagine it involved a scene like this:
According to Van der Merwe, the patient had been "suffering with depression beforehand, and was even suicidal" but since the operation, he is much happier. Makes sense. Said the Professor:
He is certainly one of the happiest patients we have seen in our ward. He is doing remarkably well. There are no signs of rejection and all the reconnected structures seem to be healing well.
Isn't this the most heartwarming penis transplant story you've ever heard???
But there remains one problem with the penis: it is white. And the man is black. "That is the only issue left," said Dr. Van de Merwe, who explained "we have very few donors for this transplant procedure."
But fear not, in this era of groundbreaking medical technology, doctors have a solution to this problem, too. According to the Daily Mail, the patient will undergo "extensive medical tattooing" later this year to "color-correct" his white penis to a black penis.
Don't ever let anyone tell you not to follow your dreams.