WATCH: Nine hour operation to perform penis transplant

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.


READ MORE: World’s first successful penile transplant performed in Cape Town


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.

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