Man's arm will become his new penis
Updated On: Mar 19 2013 10:27:14 AM CDT
A British man born without a penis is getting a helping hand from his arm.
Andrew Wardle, 39, will undergo three surgeries over the next year to craft a male sex organ out of a large flap of skin on his forearm, The Sun reported.
Wardle was born with his bladder outside his body, leaving him with just a small fold of skin where his penis would be.
Several operations have corrected his bladder and kidney problems, but doctors have been stumped about how to fix Wardle's missing male member until now, according to the UK's South West News Service.
Wardle hopes to have the first surgery this summer. The 12-hour procedure will take skin, muscle and nerves from his arm to build his appendage, according to The Sun.
The next two operations will connect the tubes in his penis to his uretha and testicles.
While rare, the procedure Wardle will undergo is not unheard of.
A Scottish man underwent a similar set of operations just last month after losing his penis in a car accident, according to the International Business Times.