Andrew Wardle has had a hard life. For starters, he was born without a penis. Do you really need more than that? But luckily for Wardle, there's now an operation that might give him what he was born without -- and allow him to finally have sex and start a family. And you won't believe how he's going to get this very important part of a man's anatomy. Reportedly, doctors would sculpt a man-member out of the flesh on his arm and then implant that in his groin.
Andrew was born with something called penile agenesis, in which an otherwise perfectly normal male (and one without a history of this in the family) is born without a penis. Men with this condition are born with fully functional testes, however. Wikipedia says this happens in one out of every five to six million male births.
You might be wondering how a guy like Andrew can pee. Apparently babies with this condition are immediately given an operation after birth that redirects the urethra to the rim of the anus, where they can eliminate. Andrew was also born with his bladder on the outside, for which he had corrective surgery.
According to Wikipedia, there has not yet been a successful penis implant on a man born with no penis. So Andrew, 39, could be the first. He reportedly said that he "never thought this day would come." (Snort. Sorry.)
The implant is pump-operated and would take all of the nerve endings and blood vessels from his arm. And yes, because he has working testes, they'd be able to connect his new penis and his testes so he can send semen into a woman and maybe father children. Science!!
Despite Andrew being without a penis, he seems to be quite the ladies' man. He claims to have had sex with at least 100 women. He doesn't say what kind of sex -- but he does say his lack of a penis was a turn-off to the ladies. Which I'm shocked to hear, frankly.
He says one woman cheated on him and another punched him in the face. He doesn't say why he believes either incident was related to his lack of a big dipper though! Believe me, Andrew, that stuff goes on no matter how much schlong you have or don't have.
Anyway, Andrew is a handsome guy and certainly brave for telling his story. I sure hope his operation is a success.
Have you heard of this condition?
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