Doctors at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH)in Kenya have performed a landmark surgery reattaching a boy’s penis that was chopped off during an attack on him last December by unknown assailants at his home in Embu County.
According to report, the doctors battled for seven hours to carry out the operation, which happened to be the first of its kind in the country.
Speaking on the feat, Prof Stanley Khainga, leader of the team of urologists and plastic surgeons including about 15 specialists who performed the delicate surgery said, “we received the case as a referral from one of the county hospitals at around 9 am on December 19, 2018. His penis had been amputated at the base using a kitchen knife.”
“After initial examination and resuscitation, we immediately prepared him for theatre where we began the process of re-implantation of the penis,” Khainga added.
“It also had minimal soiling, with the blood vessels around the base and urethra, which passes urine, exposed,” Khainga said.
Speaking further, the Professor said that the knife had sliced clean through the base of the penis in what is medically known as total penile amputation. Consequently, the team had to restore the penile structures while repairing the vessels, a delicate thing to do considering reports of similar cases across the world where the organ failed to recover its sensory abilities.
Basically, the life-changing surgery involved repairing two veins, two nerves and one artery. This was to ensure that there was blood flow to the reattached part, Khainga explained. “If you do not give it blood supply, the organ will die,” he said, adding that the aim of the procedure was to achieve normal function.
“Our management goal was to restore normal function, which consists of urination, or passing urine, sexual gratification, improved self or body image and reproduction. We also sought to achieve adequate aesthetic appearance or normal appearance of the organ, including length,” he said.
“He has done well and is reporting erections with adequate length. His wounds have also healed.”
The young boy will be due for discharge in two weeks, said the hospital.
Meanwhile, the acting chief executive of KNH, Thomas Mutie said the surgery was a milestone for surgical medicine in the region and a proof of the faith in local specialists.
“Had the patient’s family opted to fly him abroad for the procedure, the organ would not have been viable for surgery by the time they arrived there. It is, therefore, testimony to the fact that there are highly qualified medics in the facility,” Dr Mutie said.