- A marathon operation lasted about nine hours
- Doctors used techniques, in part, developed for the world's first facial transplant
- Patient had his penis amputated after a ritual, nonmedical circumcision.
The nine-hour operation occurred on December 11, 2014, involving a team of doctors at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town and others from Tygerberg Hospital.
The young man, whose identity "is being protected for ethical reasons," has made a full recovery -- a result which the doctors did not expect to occur until about December 2016. The recovery includes, "restoration of all the patient's urinary and reproductive functions," according to a university press release Friday.