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posted by janrinok on Sunday March 15 2015, @04:15PM   Printer-friendly
from the you-go-first dept.

A 21-year-old man in South Africa has received the world’s first successful penis transplant and accepts the organ as his own, doctors said on Friday.

The operation took a team of surgeons nine hours and has allowed the patient to become sexually active.

The man’s penis was amputated three years ago after a circumcision went wrong at a traditional initiation ceremony. The patient, who has not been named, received the new organ from a deceased donor on 11 December and has regained all functions.

Professor Andre van der Merwe, head of the urology division at Stellenbosch University, whose staff carried out the operation at Tygerberg hospital in Cape Town, said the recipient is doing “extremely well” both physically and psychologically.

“The patient accepted the penis as his own,” he told the eNews Channel Africa (eNCA). “He told me in no uncertain terms that the fact it belonged to somebody else is completely out of his mind and he’s moved on with this as his own penis. That’s absolutely the way we want it.”

Source:The Guardian

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Jeremiah Cornelius on Sunday March 15 2015, @04:20PM

    by Jeremiah Cornelius (2785) on Sunday March 15 2015, @04:20PM (#158040) Journal

    Let me be the first to flop right down and expand upon the potentially thorny issue.

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    • (Score: 1) by BK on Sunday March 15 2015, @04:40PM

      by BK (4868) on Sunday March 15 2015, @04:40PM (#158046)

      No need to be such a dick about it...

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      • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @07:10PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @07:10PM (#158083)

        This is a big issue, we must penetrate the subject if we want to come to a conclusion.

        • (Score: 1, Redundant) by TLA on Monday March 16 2015, @02:22AM

          by TLA (5128) on Monday March 16 2015, @02:22AM (#158197) Journal

          Um, well, the *thrust* of my work will be to *erect* a series of *hard* protocols, designed to *penetrate* the *ins* and *outs* of tissue transplantation on sexual performance. Hopefully, it will all *come* together.

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    • (Score: 2) by SpockLogic on Sunday March 15 2015, @05:24PM

      by SpockLogic (2762) on Sunday March 15 2015, @05:24PM (#158060)

      At last 'Percy' becomes a reality.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067568/ [imdb.com]

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @06:17PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @06:17PM (#158074)

      Coming soon: boner donor bank.

  • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Sunday March 15 2015, @04:32PM

    by kaszz (4211) on Sunday March 15 2015, @04:32PM (#158042) Journal

    Did they succeed to reconnect the nerves? That's usually what makes the difference between having something attached, and being able to make use of it. And if those nerves can be reattached, then full body transplants may also be within reach.

    • (Score: 5, Informative) by janrinok on Sunday March 15 2015, @05:03PM

      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 15 2015, @05:03PM (#158051) Journal

      Ah, someone who hasn't read TFA. Yes, they have reattached the nerves successfully. So well that he got an erection...

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      • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @05:07PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @05:07PM (#158053)
        That's what I call a dick move.
      • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @05:11PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @05:11PM (#158054)

        Here's an idea for improving solynet:
        Convert all links in a summary to bounce off soylent first so that the system knows who at least clicked through to TFA. Any non-AC who clicks through and then waits at least X minutes before posting gets a +1 mod for "probably RTFA."

        Not that such a scheme would be foolproof, but given all the rando dicking around we've had with the moderation system so far, that seems like a simple mechanical way to encourage more informed posts.

      • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Sunday March 15 2015, @05:27PM

        by kaszz (4211) on Sunday March 15 2015, @05:27PM (#158061) Journal

        I think the erection control lies within the body. So it may be like a penis with numbing cream all over.

        • (Score: 3, Funny) by janrinok on Sunday March 15 2015, @06:51PM

          by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 15 2015, @06:51PM (#158081) Journal

          Well the recipient is entirely happy with it, so that's the most important thing.

          I actually typed 'most impotent thing' before correcting the spelling!

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @04:35PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @04:35PM (#158043)

    I'm glad for him that he may have the chance at a more normal life after the male genital mutilation complication he suffered through, but I think it is noteworthy how the doctors say that he recognizes the member as his own.
    In a world where penis panics are a thing, I'm hoping that he will be psychologically strong to endure harmful thoughts he, his wife and his tribe may send his way.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 16 2015, @08:34AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 16 2015, @08:34AM (#158272)

      His first action was to cut the end off.

  • (Score: -1, Redundant) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @04:40PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @04:40PM (#158045)

    The doctor's lawyer can show the jury a picture and comment: "What a dick!"

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by tathra on Sunday March 15 2015, @05:31PM

    by tathra (3367) on Sunday March 15 2015, @05:31PM (#158062)

    this brings new meaning to the phrase, "I wouldn't fuck her with your dick!"

  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Entropy on Sunday March 15 2015, @06:22PM

    by Entropy (4228) on Sunday March 15 2015, @06:22PM (#158075)

    Do you get into college with lower scores than are normally required?

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Ethanol-fueled on Sunday March 15 2015, @07:52PM

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Sunday March 15 2015, @07:52PM (#158092) Homepage

      No, but you get to bang more curious girls who have been indoctrinated with MTV's race-mixing propaganda, and you get to give 'em STDs too.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @06:27PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @06:27PM (#158076)

    Coz, you know, you really, really don't know where it's been.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by J.J. Dane on Sunday March 15 2015, @06:29PM

      by J.J. Dane (402) on Sunday March 15 2015, @06:29PM (#158078)

      I'm sure they boiled it first..

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @07:08PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @07:08PM (#158082)

    Does... doesn't that mean he's gay if he touches another man's peepee?

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by rts008 on Sunday March 15 2015, @07:23PM

      by rts008 (3001) on Sunday March 15 2015, @07:23PM (#158086)

      No.

      But you may be for thinking of it. ;-)

      Besides, who but a homophobe would even care? As a strict heterosexual male, I know I don't care about the sexual preferences of others.

      Grow up and DO get an education; homosexuality is not a contagious desease like leprosy.

    • (Score: 4, Informative) by tibman on Sunday March 15 2015, @07:46PM

      by tibman (134) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 15 2015, @07:46PM (#158090)

      Intent matters!

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  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @11:31PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2015, @11:31PM (#158146)

    Amputate a clitoris, attach a penis.

    • (Score: 2) by GreatAuntAnesthesia on Monday March 16 2015, @01:00PM

      by GreatAuntAnesthesia (3275) on Monday March 16 2015, @01:00PM (#158322) Journal

      > Amputate a clitoris, attach a penis.

      You joke, but there are some people who would love to swap their female genitalia for male. Not all gender reassignments are male->female you know.

      Does this procedure open up any new possibilities in the field of female->male gender reassignment?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 16 2015, @12:15AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 16 2015, @12:15AM (#158160)

    That surgery took nine hours? Hmmm ...

    - it really took 6 hours, but everything is longer on the internet.
    - that took a long time. I bet they were dicking around a lot.

  • (Score: -1, Redundant) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 16 2015, @12:48AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 16 2015, @12:48AM (#158169)

    First Successful Penis Transplant

    Well, that's a dick move.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 16 2015, @01:03AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 16 2015, @01:03AM (#158173)

      So very redundant.

  • (Score: 2) by TLA on Monday March 16 2015, @02:18AM

    by TLA (5128) on Monday March 16 2015, @02:18AM (#158195) Journal

    I'm bequeathing my member to cetacean reproductive research by artificial insemination.

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  • (Score: 3, Touché) by Jaruzel on Monday March 16 2015, @11:26AM

    by Jaruzel (812) on Monday March 16 2015, @11:26AM (#158300) Homepage Journal

    I held off commenting on this thread as I wanted to see the comment fallout. I foolishly hoped it wouldn't be so, but no, I was proven right; You are all children - you can't even have a mature conversation about a fairly important medical milestone.

    THIS is why I don't frequent SN as much as I used to - the quality of comments is so low, it's just not worth the effort most of the time.

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    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 16 2015, @01:38PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 16 2015, @01:38PM (#158335)

      Well, if all the mature people remain silent, don't be be surprised that all comments are from immature people.

      I also didn't comment, but for the simple reason that I had nothing worthwhile to say about it.

  • (Score: 1) by albert on Monday March 16 2015, @04:44PM

    by albert (276) on Monday March 16 2015, @04:44PM (#158449)

    pics or it didn't happen