[LISTEN] How is the world's first penile transplant patient doing ?

It's nearly five years since the world's first successful penile transplant was carried out by the head of urology at Stellenbosch University Professor Andre Van De Merwe and his team.

Two years later the second procedure of its kind was performed in 2016 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and a third was carried out, again in South Africa, in 2018.

Van Der Merwe joined Azania Mosaka to share an update on SA's two penile transplants.

Our first guy, as you know you have to take immunosuppressant drugs. As it is a transplant, he, unfortunately, lost a significant part of his penis but he is still on the medication and it still works, he is still having normal intercourse with it and is able to urinate.

His girlfriend came to tell me that she has had to make him take his medication and he is just not taking his medication.

Professor Andre Van De Merwe, Head of Urology - Stellenbosch University

It was very important for us to get him compliant.

Professor Andre Van De Merwe, Head of Urology - Stellenbosch University

The second patient, a 40 year old, is doing well according to Van Der Merwe.

He is doing brilliantly. In April it will be two years since we transplated him. He is having absolutely normal intercourse without any assisatnce of medication, devices or injections or anything. He takes his medication very well. He was 18 years without a penis and very nearly committed suicide.

Professor Andre Van De Merwe, Head of Urology - Stellenbosch University

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