LIFESTYLE
12/06/2015 07:22 BST | Updated 12/06/2015 08:59 BST

Penis Transplant Man To Become A Father

The man who received the first ever penis transplant is reportedly going to become a father, just six months after the surgery.

The 21-year-old's surgeon, Professor Andre van der Merwe, announced the patient's girlfriend was pregnant during a public lecture on Thursday.

Van der Merwe says the revelation has confirmed that the surgery was a success and "the organ is functioning," despite the initial prediction that it could take two years for the man to regain full use.

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Professor Andre van der Merwe announcing the successful penis transplant

The unnamed patient from South Africa had to have his penis amputated after severe complications from a botched circumcision. The successful surgery was described as a "huge breakthrough," and Professor van der Merwe was hailed a medical superstar.

After the operation in March, he told Sky News: "There is a greater need in South Africa for this type of procedure than elsewhere in the world, as many young men lose their penises every year due to complications from traditional circumcision.

"For a young man of 18 or 19 years, the loss of his penis can be deeply traumatic. He doesn't necessarily have the psychological capability to process this. There are even reports of suicide among these young men."