Botched procedure leaves teen without tip of penis

Pretoria - The mother of a 16-year-old boy has filed a damages claim worth R1.1m against a clinic doctor after what was supposed to be a routine circumcision left the teen without the tip of his penis. 

The boy was taken to Soshanguve Community Health Care Clinic on May 2, 2014 to have the procedure, the Pretoria News reported.

The doctor however mistakenly amputated the tip of his penis, which was then placed in a bag and taken to the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital.

Three doctors attempted to reattach the head of his penis, but were unsuccessful.

The unemployed mom filed a R1.1m damages claim in the high court in Pretoria on behalf of her son.

The court heard that the series of operations which will be required for reconstructive surgery will cost around R150 000.

She also claimed for future medical expenses that will cost R380 000 and a further R600 000 for trauma, the Pretoria News added.

Penis transplants

Meanwhile, Stellenbosch University urologist Professor Andre van der Merwe, who led the world's first successful penis transplant, said the success of that nine-hour procedure has led to a flood of requests for assistance from men with penile problems, News24 reported last year.

Van der Merwe said potential recipients are so desperate for a penis they "are not picky" about details such as the size or colour.

For now, only people that have lost a penis due to complications resulting from ritual circumcision are considered for the operation, which the professor said was possible to complete in four hours.

And a 5-year-old boy who was born without a penis travelled from the North West to undergo tests at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in August last year, News24 reported.

While it’s early days yet, the hope is he will have a functional bladder and penis when he is grown up.

“I believe at the end of the day, a penis transplant will be the best thing, but not at this stage,” his mother Judy had told News24.

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