A nurse wears protective clothing as he demonstrates the facilities in place at the Royal Free Hospital in north London. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal
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South African doctors announced Friday that they had performed the world's first successful penis transplant, three months after the ground-breaking operation.The 21-year-old patient had his penis amputated three years ago after a botched circumcision at a traditional initiation ceremony.In a nine-hour operation at the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, he received his new penis from a deceased donor, whose family were praised by doctors.Doctors say the man, whose identity has not been disclosed, has made a full recovery since the operation on December 11 and has regained all urinary and reproductive functions.South Africa has long been a pioneer of transplant surgery.
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