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Penis transplant offers hope to victims of botched circumcisions
Penis transplant offers hope to victims of botched circumcisions

In the deep of winter high in the mountains of South Africa's Eastern Cape, teenage boys clad only in blankets, with white clay painted on their faces, undergo agonizing traditional circumcisions. Hundreds have died as a result of the ritual, and hundreds more have lost their penises when infection set in, according to the South African Health Ministry. For years, Dr. Andre van der Merwe, head of urology at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape, has listened to the heartbreaking stories of dozens of victims, many of whom were suicidal. In 2010, he decided to determine how to perform a penile transplant. "I thought it would be simple. How wrong I was." It took Van...

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