A black man who had a penis transplant will now undergo tattooing to change its color — because the donor was white
The 40-year-old man lost his penis during a botched circumcision 17 years ago and last month became the world’s third person to ever get such a transplant.
But he didn’t have a choice on his donor, so surgeons will be fixing the “color discrepancy,” The Mirror reported.
“We have very few donors for this transplant procedure,” noted urologist Dr. Andre van der Merwe, who led the man’s surgical team in South Africa.
Otherwise, “that is the only issue left,” van der Merwe said.
Doctors believe that in six months, the man will be able to urinate standing up and have sex for the first time in 17 years.
“The penis is working well, he can get erections already,” van der Merwe said. “There are no signs of rejection, and all the reconnected structures seem to be healing.
“He is certainly one of the happiest patients we have seen in our ward.”