"If it weren't for the penis, human life would have ended with Adam and Eve.
It seems strange that something so important is so funny-looking.
I'm an author and journalist. Sometimes I write about funny things.
Some of those funny things are penises."
--Michael N. Marcus

Monday, March 16, 2015

Docs in South Africa transplanted a dead guy's penis

It's unusual for Worldwide Penis News to get "scooped" by traditional media publishing a penis report, but that happened last Friday after we published. This demonstrates how important penis news is to millions of people, both with and without penises.

We cannot ignore the news that was so widely covered by other media, for several reasons:
  1. People expect WWPN to cover all major developments in our field.
  2. Just as the New York Times is "the newspaper of record" and publishes "all the news that's fit to print," WWPN has an obligation to be complete.
  3. During strikes by printers, reporters at the New York Times still produced newspapers that were never printed, but became part of the paper's permanent record. Centuries from now, people seeking penis news will find it right here.
Traditional media carried the story because they thought it was "funny" or "weird." WWPN is a serious news medium and would never stoop so low as to publish news merely because it is funny or weird. 

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A South African surgical team completed the world's first successful long-term penile transplant, giving a 21-year-old man a working penis more than three years after he lost his own from complications stemming from a ritual circumcision that went awry.

The groundbreaking nine-hour procedure, performed on Dec. 11, 2014, restored all of the man’s urinary and reproductive functions, the doctors said Friday.

“Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery,” lead surgeon Andre van der Merwe, of Stellenbosch University, said Friday.

Doctors in China successfully performed a similar transplant years ago, but the 44-year-old recipient and his wife had such a severe psychological reaction to the new organ that doctors sliced off the transplant two weeks later later.

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