“I’ve spent 44 years without a penis … It will take me a while to get in the swing of things.”
After 100 surgeries, man born without a penis just got a new one that will let him have sex for the first time ever
(Caroline Praderio, Insider) Andrew Wardle is widely known as the man born without a penis.
Because of a rare birth defect, Wardle was born with his bladder outside his body and with no penis. And for the past few years, he’s undergone a series of surgeries to recreate the missing organ using some of his own tissues and an implant.
He’s been in the news plenty of times before. In recent years, media outlets, talk shows, and even a TLC documentary have recounted his fascinating story. He made headlines again this Tuesday in a report published by the Daily Mail after undergoing his final penis reconstruction surgery.
Now, his brand-new “bionic” organ (as the Daily Mail described it) will work just like the real thing — erections and all. It will allow Wardle, 44, to have sex for the first time in his life.
But Wardle’s transformation isn’t just about sex. His birth defect caused serious health complications throughout his life, and left him so depressed that he twice attempted to end his own life, the Daily Mail reported.
For Wardle, the completion of his penis marks the closure of a long and painful medical ordeal.
Wardle was born with bladder exstrophy, in which the bladder forms on the outside of the body according to the US National Organization for Rare Disorders.
Other nearby body parts, like the urethra, genitals, intestine, bones, and muscles, can be affected too.
It’s estimated to occur in just 1 in 50,000 live births, the American Urological Association explains, and there’s no clear cause behind it — although family history of the defect does increase a child’s chance of being born with it.
Throughout Wardle’s childhood doctors had to perform a number of surgeries on his urinary tract, leading to kidney problems and infections, the Daily Mail reported. Read the full story at Insider.com.