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Worlds first organ transplant in China

September 18th, 2006 . by Matt

Doctors in China have performed the worlds first penis transplant. Unfortunately the patient and his wife were having emotional problems coping with the new organ.

A CHINESE man who had the world’s first penis transplant had the organ removed two weeks later because he and his wife had a “severe psychological problem” with his new penis.

The man’s penis was damaged beyond repair in an accident this year, leaving him with a one centimetre-long stump with which he was unable to urinate or have sexual intercourse.

“His quality of life was affected severely,” said Dr Weilie Hu, a surgeon at Guangzhou General Hospital,.

Doctors spent 15 hours attaching a 10-centimetre penis to the 44-year-old man after the parents of a brain-dead man half his age agreed to donate their son’s organ.

The procedure, described in a case study due to appear in the journal European Urology next month, represents a big leap forward in transplant surgery.

After 10 days, tests revealed the organ had a rich blood supply and the man was able to urinate normally. Although the operation was a surgical success, surgeons said they had to remove the penis two weeks later.

“Because of a severe psychological problem of the recipient and his wife, the transplanted penis regretfully had to be cut off,” Dr Hu said.

An examination of the organ showed no signs of it being rejected by the body, he said.

Jean-Michel Dubernard, the French surgeon who this year performed the world’s first face transplant on a woman who had been attacked by a dog, said psychological factors were a serious issue for many patients receiving certain “allografts”, or organs from donors. “Psychological consequences of hand and face allografts show that it is not so easy to use and see permanently a dead person’s hands, nor is it easy to look in a mirror to see a dead person’s face,” Dr Dubernard wrote in European Urology.

“Clearly, in the Chinese case the failure at a very early stage was first psychological. It involved the recipient’s wife and raised many questions.”

A penis is not like a kidney or a heart. The patients wife may have had problems having sex with a strangers penis, or perhaps the husband could not handle the idea of another mans penis having sex with his wife. The psychological impact of a penis transplant is still unknown, but some people with other transplants have had trouble adapting.

In 2001, surgeons were forced to amputate the world’s first transplanted hand from Clint Hallam, a 50-year-old New Zealander, who said he wanted the “hideous and withered” hand removed because he had become “mentally detached” from it.

Whether the couple would have been able to have sex with the transplanted penis is unknown.

Andrew George, a transplant expert at Imperial College London, said: “Doing a penis transplant should be no more complex than anything else. But it takes time for nerve sensations to kick in and it’s not clear whether the patient would ever be able to have sex with it.”

And here I thought that penis transplant was all fun and games like the movie, Sex and Zen


7 Responses to “Worlds first organ transplant in China”

  1. comment number 1 by: dogbert

    I guess in this case “organ transplant” really does mean organ transplant!

  2. comment number 2 by: Gerry-Bevers

    A penis is a penis. How could the psychological problems be any worse than those from having a stub for a penis? At least, he could pee out of it.

    I cannot help thinking about a movie I once saw about a transplanted hand that had a mind of its own. But how dangerous could a 10-centimeter penis be?

  3. comment number 3 by: James

    I wonder what kind of accident would shred your dick down to a 1cm stump…

  4. comment number 4 by: BananaBoi

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorena_Bobbitt

    Just dont anger your wife or you might have an accident downstairs!!

  5. comment number 5 by: firesoferebus

    Didn’t someone get one of his fingers made into his penis a while back? Ugh…

  6. comment number 6 by: firesoferebus

    Can’t seem to find it anymore… nevermind for now I guess….

  7. comment number 7 by: showgee

    While the couple were able to organize themselves to the new organ, it was out of tune with their orgasms I presume.