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South African Doctors perform 2nd Successful Penis Transplant



South African Doctors perform 2nd Successful Penis Transplant

A team of South African doctors from Stellenbosch University (SU) and the Tygerberg Academic Hospital made history recently after performing a second successful penis transplant, making it the first medical center in the world to achieve this feat twice.

This comes after the world’s first successful penis transplant was done on December 11, 2014, at the same facility and by the same team of doctors.

Prof André van der Merwe, Head of the Division of Urology at SU’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), led the marathon operation of nine and a half hours.

The recipient, whose name was withheld for ethical reasons, is a 40-year-old male who had lost his penis 17 years ago due to complications after a traditional circumcision.

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,” said Andre van der Merwe.

The patient is expected to regain all urinary and reproductive functions of the organ within six months of the transplant, he said.

Jimmy Volmink, Dean of the FMHS, called the operation “a remarkable groundbreaking procedure” which is a testimony to the high level of skill and expertise that exists in the public health sector in South Africa.

Speaking on the first successful transplant, Van der Merwe said it’s about two years now and the patient is doing extremely well, both physically and mentally.

He added that he is living a normal life. His urinary and sexual functions have returned to normal, and he has virtually forgotten that he had a transplant.

According to Vanguard, Penile mutilation is more common in South Africa than elsewhere in the world due to complications of circumcisions performed as part of a traditional rite of passage to manhood on young men in certain cultures.

There is no formal record of the yearly number of penile amputations due to traditional circumcisions, but experts estimate that as many as 250 partial and total amputations take place country-wide every year, with suicides also being reported.

Photo credit: Viktor DrachevTASS / Getty Images


  1. Darius

    May 23, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Sometimes I wonder whether we have doctors and engineers in this country. They don’t achieve the kind of breakthrough their counterparts in other countries achieve.

    The only time we get to be aware of their presence is when the kill a patient, and the relatives of the deceased post the matter online.

    They don’t know anything, but they like to carry title upandan like chips. You’ll hear: Dr. so so, Engineer so so. And to think that in Uni, my state government used to pay them monthly (20k) because it is believed that they are more important to society, while students studying the arts were paid once a year(7k) – they earned more in a month than others did in a whole year. So unfair!

    And after they graduate, they go into the business of killing people. In my state’s specilist hospital, if you are booked for an operation, just pray you come out alive. Quacks! They can even mess up a simple appendectomy.

    When I got sick during my service year in the East, the doctors in the government hospital I visited made my condition worse. I only got well when I took herbs. I feel like ranting today!

    • Krasavitsa

      May 23, 2017 at 8:10 am

      That’s because unlike Nigeria, other countries invest in Research in EVERY sector. Is it a Doctor that’s been owed 5-6 months salary that’ll will achieve breakthroughs? Or an Engineer that’s working as a secondary school physics teacher? You must know that research is expensive. Will said doctor use his spit to do research? Or discover the cure for deadly diseases? When the Nigerian government decides to spend more on health and technology than on the salaries of Senators, trust me, you’ll see breakthroughs.

    • nene+

      May 23, 2017 at 9:19 am

      How can we achieve that when we continue to vote old men without WAEC results?
      How can we ? when we our education budget is less than meals in Aso rock?
      How can we? when we have a minister for Education who is a photojournalist, a friend to the Buharis?
      How many of us here know his name???

    • i must talk

      May 23, 2017 at 11:45 am

      i feel your rant. it is full of expired wawuuuuu!

    • Xoxo

      May 23, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Three words…LACK OF PASSION!

      In all honesty, a lot of these doctors and engineers you speak of do not have the passion for their professions! A lot of them go into those professions because mummy, daddy, aunty, uncle or grandparents have been drumming it into their heads since they can remember – making comments about how the white gown and stethoscope will look good on them and so on.

      So even if they want to become artists, bakers, marketing execs etc, they have no choice because it’s been decided by family. Then when they get into the schools and don’t do well, daddy has to come and bring an “envelope” to the professors. When that isn’t an option, then you have to spend nights in hotel rooms in order to have courses waived or fail grades turned to passes. How won’t you have doctors prescribing antibiotics for cancer, cough syrup for typhoid and paracetamol for malaria?! It’s the same lack of passion that will have you tell a patient’s family member to bring money before you treat them!

      As for the excuse about money, as much it is a factor, it is also a non factor when you have people that can’t even be bothered. There are millions of doctors around the world providing healthcare and making waves in impoverished communities for little to no monetary reward. Some come from privileged backgrounds and choose to go and work in places without the running water, electricity toilet facilities that they are accustomed to. Did they also not spend many years in medical school? A simple Internet search will show countless programmes, grants etc. that are awarded for research. What stops the average Nigerian doctor from applying?

    • Seriously

      May 23, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      It’s about time to look at yourself and ask what can you do. Nigerians have been complaining about the same crap for years now yet no revolution.
      Be the change you want to see.
      The last president was a Ph d holder right? The same shit. It’s not about education anymore, but people coming together, and make the country better

  2. Oare Gb

    May 23, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Nigeria matter na only God know. When patients go for caesarian section in Nigeria, you can bet that more than 50 percent probably die. Here in SA, CS is the norm and normal delivery is optional. In other words, people prefer CS here.
    When people go into the theatre in Nigeria, there is 90 percent chance they won’t come out alive. You see the untidy manner that the stitches are done in Nigeria for those that survive. You look at women who have three children here by CS and you can hardly see any ugly scar to show they undergone CS, Long way for Nigeria. God help us oh!

    • Bongs_Zulu of South Africa

      May 23, 2017 at 9:32 am

      African countries are funny though. If your country’s healthcare is so bad and ours here seems a little bit better why can’t the two countries (or even more other countries for that matter) exchange trade secrets and technologies? Africa is such a weird continent with its fake “African Brotherhood” nonsense.

    • Dr Dugie

      May 23, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Pls get your facts right and stop dishing out falacies!!!!!

  3. Ree

    May 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Naija howfa!

  4. gia

    May 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm


    That’s because unlike Nigeria, other countries invest in Research in EVERY sector.

    Not just this,it’s also the over religiousness!
    Nigerians are always screaming “blood of jesus” and looking for pastors instead of finding rational solutions to their problems!

    • Krasavitsa

      May 23, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Thank you! You’ll tell a patient “Ma you have hypertension so you have to take antihypertensives everyday”. And she’ll reply you with “my Jesus has me covered. Apostle blah blah prayed for me”. 3-4. Years down the line same patient presents with a massive stroke or MI at a government hospital that’s grossly underfunded and her family will expect doctors to turn water into wine. It’s easy for people outside the field to bash medical personnel day and night forgetting the countless doctors that buy drugs for their patients, contract diseases or lose their lives in the line of duty eg Dr Adedevoh of blessed memory. I know a guy that pricked himself inadvertently with an HIV infected needle simply because he was trying to cannulate an AIDS patient with his phone torch. Guess how much hazard allowance is? 5000 naira only! The guy was placed on ARTs and nearly lost his mind! There are many hospitals that are understaffed and underfunded and the few equipment they have are so dated they should be kept in a Medical Museum yet some people will expect world class treatment. Yes there are bad eggs but our health sector needs a major overhaul. And for those saying some doctors are working in impoverished countries, the keyword is “working” not researching. Sorry for this epistle but I’m tired of people making false comments about medical personnel. That’s how someone said more than 50% of cesarean sections end as mortality cases. I worked in a very sad excuse of a hospital (power outages during surgeries, overcrowded wards etc) and not ONE woman died on the table or after during d course of my three months posting.

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