The operation, led by Stellenbosch University’s Division of Urology head Prof Andre van der Merwe, lasted a marathon nine-hours. Watch him explain the procedure behind the first successful penis transplant in the world.
The marathon nine-hour operation was performed on 11 December 2014 at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.
The recipient of the transplant is a 21-year-old man who lost his penis due to severe complications following a traditional circumcision, surgeons say.
News24 Live’s Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath was at the press briefing on Friday to cover the historic moment.
This is the harvesting. This donor donated almost all his organs; including his penis. pic.twitter.com/sqPJ6n17PH— Jerusha Raath (@JerushaRaath) March 13, 2015