|Boy 'born with 3 penises' undergoes pioneering surgery to leave him with just one|
A little boy born with three penises in an incredibly rare occurrence has undergone pioneering surgery to correct the abnormality. According to reports, the two-year-old pictured above with his mum suffers from diphallia, a rare condition where a male is born with two penises.
He also had a third penis considered rudimentary, or undeveloped. In addition, the unnamed boy was born without an anus.
However, last month, he went under the knife to correct the physical abnormalities, and his family are now hopeful that he will be able to "lead a normal life".
The boy, from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, India, was able to pass urine through one of the penises. Only two had erectile tissue, which is responsible for sexual function. He was taken by his mother to Sion Hospital in Mumbai for the six-hour operation. Dr Vishesh Dixit, paediatric surgeon, said: "There was a huge soft boney mass and tissue to which the penises were attached. However, the anus was absent."
Telling how the mass and rudimentary penis were removed, he added: "The two functional penises were fused into one by wrapping a mass of skin around them."
He explained that the boy had already undergone a colostomy, where surgeons made an incision in his stomach, enabling him to get rid of waste.
Describing the latest operation, he said: "Further, an anal path was created through the boy's rectum to facilitate the passage of excreta."
Providing the surgery to create the anal path proves successful, the incision in the boy's stomach will be closed in a separate procedure later this month.
Doctors said his sexual function will be and his fertility will not be affected. There have been just 100 cases of diphallia reported since 1609.
Source : UK Mirror