WORLD’S FIRST PENIS TRANSPLANT: REJECTED BECAUSE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL HASSLES
A 44 year old man who had lost his penis in an accident, received a new one through complicated transplant surgery that took 15 hours at the Gangzhou General Hospital (China). The surgery involved reattaching several nerves and minute arteries. Although penises have been reattached before, this was the first case of a transplanted organ. The new 10 cm organ was received from a brain dead man nearly half the age of the recipient. After 10 days, the reattached penis had a rich blood supply, and the 44 year old regained his ability to urinate normally. However, since his wife and he were both unable to psychologically accept the new organ, it had to be surgically removed.
Jean-Michel Dubernard, the French surgeon who had performed the first face transplant, on a woman who had been attacked by a dog, remarked that people have difficulty in accepting body parts like a face or hand from a dead person. In 2001, surgeons had to amputate the first transplanted hand from Clint Hallam a 50 year old New Zealander, as he felt ‘mentally detached’ from his hand. Dubernard’s team has also performed the world’s first double hand transplant at the Edouard Herriot Hospital in Lyons ( France).