Prof. Frank Graewe, who took part in the nine-hour surgery on the man, in a report published yesterday in DailyMailOnline, said: “He gets good quality erections, ejaculates and has frequent sex with his partner.’” He said doctors are now also appealing for donors to enable more men to have the operation.
The operation was carried out by surgeons from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, using a donated penis.
The man, who has not been named, lost all but a 1cm stump of his penis three years ago following a botched circumcision. He received the donated organ harvested from a man who was declared brain dead.
Graewe, who said the recipient had accepted the new organ as ‘his own’, noted that the skin tone of the donor penis is similar to that of the patient.
“It will never be 100 per cent similar, because even when the individuals have the same skin colour, complexions differ,” the doctor added.
Ten years ago, a man in received a transplant, but asked surgeons to remove the donated penis two weeks after the operation.
Professor André van der Merwe, who led the operation on December 11 last year, had spent years experimenting on cadavers to see which nerves, blood vessels and other elements had to be joined to guarantee full functioning.
As many as 250 men are estimated to lose their penises each year in a secret and brutal initiation ceremony conducted by the Xhosa tribe in South Africa.
During the month of June, which marks the start of a new harvest, thousands of boys are sent naked into remote areas to survive with little more than a blanket and meagre rations.
The ritual is known as ukwaluka and has been practiced for generations.
The ultimate test of the rite of passage is the process of ukwaluka – the cutting of the penis foreskin that is done by an incibi – a traditional surgeon – which symbolises the beginning of manhood.
However, infections and other complications are coming causing the death of scores of teenagers.
Each year, there are repeated calls for the ritual to be stopped.
Graewe said: “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.”