Doctors have successfully performed the worldâ€™s first penis transplant on a young man who had his organ amputated after a botched circumcision ritual, a hospital said on Friday.
The patient, who is not being named for ethical reasons, was 21 years old when his penis was amputated three years ago after he developed severe complications due to a traditional circumcision as a rite of passage into manhood.
Finding a donor organ was one of the major challenges of the study, a statement by the university said.
The donor was a deceased person who donated his organs for transplant, doctors said without elaborating.
Another nine patients will receive penile transplants as part of the study, doctors said, but it was not clear when the operations could be carried out.