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A Chinese man who cycled to hospital after cutting off his penis discovered he had forgotten the severed organ when he arrived.

According to media reports, Yang Hu was told he would have to cycle home and retrieve it before he could be treated.

The 26-year-old eventually arrived back at the hospital with the mutilated member but by that point doctors told him it had been without blood for too long and that it would be impossible to reattach.

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Yang Hu cycled to hospital after severing his own penis

Friends told authorities Yang had suffered from depression since moving to Jiaxing, in Zhejiang province, east China.

They said he was preoccupied with his long working hours and had been unable to find a girlfriend.

He reportedly made the decision to amputate his penis, believing it would make him stop thinking about his love life.

Yang's friends have criticised doctors at the hospital and have claimed had they provided him with an ambulance he might have managed to get home quicker and his penis may have been reattached.