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This story about a 40-year-old man getting a new penis is actually very sweet.

This story about a 40-year-old man getting a new penis is actually very sweet.

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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."

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