It worked!

Girlfriend of man who received world’s first successful penis transplant is pregnant

Stephanie Diani/The New York Times

A 21-year-old man in South Africa who back in December became the first in history to successfully receive a penis transplant has reportedly wasted no time in putting his new appendage to good use. According to multiple reports, the man has impregnated his girlfriend and is “to become a father” soon. The transplant recipient, whose identity is not being disclosed, lost his penis following complications from a botched adult circumcision. In December, he underwent a nine-hour surgery during which a penis from an undisclosed deceased donor was attached. In order to obtain the donor penis, Dr. Andre van der Merwe, the urologist who led the team that performed the historic operation, had to fashion a penis out of abdominal flesh so the family could bury the body of the donor. That was the least of the challenges, though. Transplanting a penis had never been done before and the potential for complications was vast. Van der Merwe reportedly said he was “very pleased” about the news of the pregnancy. The man’s girlfriend is reportedly four months pregnant. “This is what we intended, that he should be able to stand up and be able to urinate and have intercourse, so it is a milestone for him,” van der Merwe told the BBC.

Read the full story at The Washington Post and the BBC.

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