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LONDON (Reuters) - Surgeons in China who said they performed the first successful penis transplant had to remove the donated organ because of the severe psychological problems it caused to the recipient and his wife.Maybe the new organ couldn't stand the pressure.(Cue the sarcastic laughter)
Dr Weilie Hu and surgeons at Guangzhou General Hospital in China performed the complex 15-hour surgery on a 44-year old man whose penis had been damaged in a traumatic accident.
The microsurgery to attach the penis, which had been donated by the parents of a 22-year-old brain-dead man, was successful but Hu and his team removed it two weeks later.
"Because of a severe psychological problem of the recipient and his wife, the transplanted penis regretfully had to be cut off," Hu said in a report published online by the peer reviewed journal European Urology, without elaborating.
"This is the first reported case of penile transplantation in a human," Hu added.
Both the man and his wife had requested the surgery. He had been unable to have intercourse or urinate properly since the accident that occurred 8 months before the surgery was performed.
Ten days after the operation, which had been approved by the hospital's medical ethical committee, the recipient had been able to urinate.
There had been no signs of the 10-centimetre (4-inch) organ being rejected by the recipient's body. But Hu said more cases and longer observation are needed to determine whether sexual sensation and function can be restored.
Isn't modern medicine wonderful? The human organs that can now be transplanted from one person to another. Can a brain be that far off? I can think of a few people in need of a new one.
All joking aside, it is truly incredible what can be done for a patient these days. To this man it was no laughing matter, and doctors tried to help him. One day surgery like this may well suceed and it will be something to cheer about.
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