A man who had a new penis grown on his arm after his first one fell off due to a blood infection has waited four years for it to be transferred to the right place.
Malcolm MacDonald, 45, became the first man in the world to undergo the £50,000 NHS-funded procedure but delays have meant his new penis has remained stuck on his arm.
The mechanic from Norfolk threw his old appendage in the bin after suffering a long-term perineum infection which caused it to turn black and drop off in 2014.
He told The Sun he felt like a ‘shell of a man’ for two years and turned to alcohol and became reclusive but found new hope when he heard doctors might be able to reconstruct his manhood.
He said: ‘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.’
Malcolm was introduced to Professor David Ralph, an expert in phallus construction at London’s University College Hospital and known as the ‘penis master.’
Professor Ralph, explained the grafting procedure and, at the time, said it would need to stay on the arm for two years before it could eventually be moved to his groin.
The operation saw surgeons take a skin flap from Malcom’s left arm and roll it to form a ‘penis’, with its own blood vessels and nerves.
They then created a urethra and installed two tubes inflated with a hand-pump, allowing him to have a ‘mechanical’ erection.
Malcolm said he was desperate for the operation because it would allow him to live a more normal life and do simple things like go to the toilet.
He requested that doctors added an extra two inches to his newly grown penis and was so pleased with the results, he’s nicknamed it ‘Jimmy.’
But four years on, the separated dad-of-two is still living with the bulge on his arm, and has to cover it up with long sleeved tops and shirts.
It has occasionally been spotted while he’s out and about or drinking at his local pub but he’s able to laugh it off.
He said: ‘I get it. It’s not every day you see a man with a penis on his arm. Of course I see the funny side – I have to. I don’t have any other option. If I couldn’t laugh at the willy on my arm I’d be finished.’
An operation to move the penis had to be postponed in 2018 because Malcolm was ill.
Transport, scheduling mix ups and staff shortages have caused further delays.
Surgery was booked again in April but then the coronavirus pandemic saw all non essential operations cancelled.
He now hopes it can be properly grafted between his legs by the end of the year.