Father who lost penis becomes first in the world to have a new one built on his arm

A dad who lost his penis due to a bad blood infection is now officially the first man to have a new “living” penis built on his arm – and is scheduled to have it rebuilt soon.

Scientists from the NHS constructed a brand new penis for Malcolm MacDonald, 45, through a  £50,000 arm-graft procedure.

The father of two from Thetford, Norfolk, had fallen victim to a long-term perineum infection which caused his penis to turn black and fall off completely back in 2014.

Malcolm – a mechanic by profession – who started drinking heavily after going through a stressful time, told The Sun how he just picked up his penis and threw it in the trash when the day came, as doctors had told him it was an inevitability.

He shared how his life and self-esteem were shattered but he found a new sense of hope after his doctor told him about Professor David Ralph, a urology expert at University College Hospital in London, who was well known for creating a “bionic penis” for Andrew Wardle – a man born without one.

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Malcolm, who calls his arm-penis Jimmy as it is a “new mate”, told the publication:

“For two years after losing my penis I felt a shadow of a man.

“[When the arm penis was fitted] It was all my Christmases at once. I was so emotional because it was a chance at a new start.”

He went on saying:

“Of course it is mad – having a penis on your arm. Not even I am used to it. But when you think about it, it’s actually amazing.”

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Malcolm has had to find humor in his situation when, for instance, his arm appendage is spotted beneath his shirts. 

Professor Ralph created Malcolm’s penis and is set to fit it as soon as possible after the COVID-19 crisis. He told the paper that Malcolm’s new penis is a “living breathing” part of his body and as soon as a penile implant is fitted, it will permit the patient to both urinate and have sexual intercourse.

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In order to construct the penis, a skin flap was removed from Malcolm’s left arm and rolled to form the correct shape. A uthera and tubes with a hand pump were then fitted in to permit allow him to use the toilet and create a mechanical erection. Currently, the shaft is detached from the forearm, which lets the penis to “dangle”.

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Malcolm was not able to see his penis fitted in 2018 as planned due to a number of delays, some involving transporting and scheduling problems. 

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A spokesperson for UCHL said the hospital “will try to rearrange his surgery as soon we are able now that services are gradually returning closer to normal following lockdown.”

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