A father whose penis dropped off due to a blood infection became the first man to have a new one built on his arm – but delays mean it has been stuck there for four years.
Malcolm MacDonald, underwent a £50,000 NHS-funded procedure to have the appendage attached to his arm, after a long-term perineum infection caused his penis to turn black and fall off in 2014.
He told The Sun how he became a recluse and turned to alcohol after losing his manhood, but has found hope after pioneering surgery meant he could have ‘Jimmy,’ as he calls it, attached to his arm, in the hope one day it could be moved back between his legs. The 45-year-old mechanic from Norfolk told the paper: ‘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.’
Mr MacDonald says he threw penis in the bin after it fell off, with medics telling him they could only roll up the remaining stump.For the next two years he says he became a reclusive, turning to alcohol and saying he felt ‘like a shadow of a man’.
His GP in Thetford, Norfolk then turned him onto Professor David Ralph, an expert in phallus construction at University College Hospital in London.
Professor Ralph, revealed he could have a new penis grafted onto his arm, where it would stay for two years before it could eventually be moved to his groin.The father-of-two said he was blown away that medics were able to build him a new penis and attach it to his arm, and requested medics to add two inches to his old size.
Taking a skin flap from his left arm and rolling it to form a makeshift penis. Surgeons also create a urethra within the skin, while two tubes are installed, which would inflate with a hand-pump to give him a ‘mechanical’ erection. The shaft was detached from his forearm, allowing to hang freely and form naturally as skin and tissue.
Describing his pride at seeing the makeshift appendage for the first time, Malcolm said he felt like any other man, and started calling it Jimmy as he was it as a new friend.
Four years on, Mr MacDonald is still living with the bulge on his arm, resorting to wearing long sleeved tops and shirts while out and about.
It has been spotted by some, but he chooses to see the funny side.
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.’The penis was supposed to be moved in 2018, but he was unwell and the operation was postponed.Transport, scheduling mix ups and staff shortages have caused further delays, with the most recent surgery booked back in April.However, the Covid-19 pandemic put a halt to those plans.He now hopes it can be properly grafted between his legs by the end of the year.