The 22-year-old South African man who had the world’s first successful penis transplant in December 2014 has impregnated his girlfriend and she is four months gone already.
Prof. Andre van der Merwe, the urologist who led the surgery made the disclosure on Friday, June 12, 2015 as part of possible efforts to make people understand that the transplant worked after all.
Van de Merwe said, “He’s definitely smiling big. He’s proud. He’s also a little bit shy.”
The man’s penis was amputated three years ago when he was 18 years old after life-threatening complications following a botched circumcision, news agency The Guardian reported.
After a nine-hour long surgery, the man whose identity has not been disclosed was said to have started having sex after five weeks and was able to get through with it.
Records said he is among about 250 South Africans who lose their penises each year in botched traditional circumcision rituals.
It was learnt that the transplant formed part of a pilot study by Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town and the University of Stellenbosch.
Andre van der Merwe said, “To us it means we are ticking most of the boxes where this guy can stand and urinate normally, can have sexual intercourse and his penis function has recovered completely.
“Now to have children is the last thing we wanted.”
He said that independent pregnancy or paternity tests have not been done to verify it was indeed the patient’s child but he had no reason to disbelieve the young man, who was employed and lived in Cape Town.
“I know that he can ejaculate normally and there is no reason for him to be infertile. I was expecting a pregnancy at some stage, even though I didn’t expect it this early,” he added.
Van der Merwe’s team had earlier said in March, 2015 that the procedure could eventually be offered to men who have lost their penis to cancer or as a last resort for severe erectile dysfunction.
Having received requests for penis transplants from countries including the United States, Colombia and Russia, the surgeon said, “I do believe we will transplant again before the end of the year.”