“Not a life-saving procedure”
News about the first successful penile transplant has traveled across the planet leaving people in awe at this groundbreaking procedure, performed in South Africa.
The patient (whose identity shall remain undisclosed for the time being) is a 21-year man who lost his sexual organ during a rather failed circumcision at age 18. According to BBC doctors in Cape Town (Stellenbosch University) said the operation was a success and the patient was happy and healthy. The team said there was extensive discussion about whether the operation, which is not life-saving in the same way as a heart transplant, was ethical. Same source indicates South Africa has some of the greatest need for penis transplants anywhere in the world.
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The Mirror reports the patient now enjoys the full use of his new organ.
It’s a massive breakthrough. We’ve proved that it can be done – we can give someone an organ that is just as good as the one that he had. It was a privilege to be part of this first successful penis transplant in the world: Dr. Frank Graewe.
The surgical team in charge of the operation has other nine similar procedures scheduled, according to The Guardian, whose readers have commented on the matter suggesting the surgery could have applications even in porn industry.
According to specialized sources, 17 people die while waiting for a transplant of vital organs in America.
March 13th, 2015.