Cape Town Docs Perform World’s First Successful Penile Transplant
Cape Town – The University of Stellenbosch’s medical department on Friday announced the performance of the world’s first successful penile transplant.
The Stellenbosch University health faculty described the procedure as a ground-breaking transplant operation, as doctors successfully transplanted a penis to a human being at Tygerberg Hospital in Bellville, Cape Town on 11 December 2014.
“It’s the first time success was achieved with such a procedure,” the SU Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences said.
“South Africa remains at the forefront of medical progress,” said Prof Jimmy Volmink, Dean of SU’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS).
“This procedure is another excellent example of how medical research, technical know-how and patient-centred care can be combined in the quest to relieve human suffering.
“It shows what can be achieved through effective partnerships between academic institutions and government health services.”