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In response to an argument against penile transplantation
  1. André Van der Merwe
  1. Division of Urology, Faculty of Medicine and Healthcare Sciences, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
  1. Correspondence to Dr André Van der Merwe, Division of Urology, Faculty of Medicine and Healthcare Sciences, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital, Cape Town 7505, South Africa; arvdm{at}sun.ac.za

Abstract

Moodley and Rennie’s paper arguing against penile transplantation stated out of context arguments and wrongly quoted statements. The cost of penile transplantation is much less than portrayed. The burden of cases is much less than is communicated. The men on our penis transplantation programme represent the poorest of the poor and are one of the most discriminated against groups of humans on earth. The false hope said to be created by Moodley is indeed not false hope at all as there is a real possibility that most patients on our waiting list may be transplanted. Moodley argues that government has, in the context of penile transplantation, no duty to cure those who lost a penis after ritual circumcision, but only an obligation to prevent this from happening. A ‘yuk’ reaction, similarly described in facial transplantation, may be present in colleagues arguing against penile transplantation.

  • circumcision
  • ethics
  • surgery
  • transplantation
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  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Contributors AvdM is the sole contributor.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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