First Penile Transplant Patient to Become a Father

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June 11, 2015 -- The first man in the world to receive a penile transplant is about to become a father.

The 21-year-old South African's girlfriend is about four months' pregnant, which shows that the "transplant worked," said Andre van der Merwe, the surgeon who performed the procedure, BBC News reported.

The nine-hour operation to attach the new penis was performed in December. The patient, whose identity is being protected, lost most of his penis due to a bungled circumcision.

Van der Merwe said he was "very pleased" when he learned about the pregnancy and did not request a paternity test because there was no reason not to believe that the transplant patient was not the father, BBC News reported.

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