Malcolm MacDonald suffered from a blood infection in his perineum in 2010, which caused his penis to fall off much to his dismay.
Luckily for MacDonald, who is a mechanic from Norfolk, England, doctors were able to regrow the lost appendage, but the only place where it could be regrown was on his left forearm using two skin flaps.
The operation to reattach the forearm-grown penis to the correct location was planned not too long afterward, but due to a complication in MacDonald’s blood, they were forced to delay the surgery. Then a mixture of the COVID-19 pandemic, scheduling mix-ups, and staff shortages delayed the surgery by another six years.
The mechanic said that after six years of having a penis hanging off his forearm, he just got used to it, but now that it has been reattached, MacDonald said, “I feel like a real man again.”
In an interview, the 47-year-old said, “People ask me about it when they see me in the pub, and of course people make jokes, but 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.”
Once when he was in a supermarket, he said, he helped a woman grab something from a tall shelf and the penis slipped out of his sleeve and almost whacked her in the face. She was kind about the situation and joked that “it’s something to tell the grandchildren.”
MacDonald had the reattachment surgery earlier this year, and it was apparently well worth the wait.
Not only was the prosthetic penis finally relocated from his forearm, but the doctors who conducted the surgery gave him an extra two inches according to his specifications. Additionally, they took nerves and blood vessels from the left forearm and created a blood supply with tubes that can make the penis erect.
“My luck in life hasn’t been too good so far, but it can only go bad for so long, can’t it?” MacDonald said after the surgery. “Can you imagine six years of your life with a penis swinging on your arm? It’s been a nightmare, but it’s gone now.”