Penis transplant at Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, leaves man with wrong colour penis

A BLACK man has been given a new penis in a transplant – but it’s white.

The 40-year-old, who lost his after a botched circumcision, will need it tattooed to change its colour.

Surgeon Professor Andre van der Merwe said the patient — only the third person to have the op — is doing “remarkably well”.

But the South African urologist added: “He is black and the donor was white, that’s the only issue. We have very few donors.

“The colour discrepancy will be corrected with medical tattooing.”


During the nine-and-a-half-hour op at Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, the entire donor organ was dissected and its blood vessels and nerves were connected to the recipient’s.

In six months, he will be able to have sex and stand to urinate for the first time in 17 years.

The hospital is where the Prof did the world’s first willy swap in 2014.


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The hospital is where the Prof did the world’s first willy swap in 2014.

He said: “All seems to be healing. The penis is working well, he can get erections already.

“He is certainly one of the happiest patients we have seen.

“The man had relationships but when sex arose, he bailed out.

“He had been suffering with depression and was suicidal.”

Experts say up to 250 partial and total penile amputations a year occur in South Africa due to complications in ritual ceremonies.

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