A British man who was born without a penis is getting ready to lose his virginity after being equipped with a bionic penis. Andrew Wardle successfully underwent the final stage of a £50,000 penile implant operation at London’s University Hospital on Friday and has been given the go ahead to finally have sex for the first time in his life. The 44-year-old will have an erection for the next ten days as a test run, before his implant is deflated.
Doctors have told Andrew he must then wait six weeks before he’s allowed to have sex with his long-term girlfriend Fedra Fabian. The positive phalloplasty operation – which involves having a pump fitted to create an erection – will allow Andrew to feel sensation like any other man. He told MailOnline: ‘I’m very excited that I can move on now. But I think having sex for the first time is more of a big deal for everyone else than it is for me.
‘I’ve spent 44 years without a penis and I’ve coped with not having sex for all that time. It will take me a while to get in the swing of things. ‘Of course, I’m looking forward to it. But, for me, it’s not the be-all-and-end-all. It’s a by-product of the operation. It will enable me to feel part of society.
‘I’m very aware that I am half-human half-robot at the moment. I’m like the bionic man. I will even be able to perform if I am drunk.’
Andrew, from Manchester, was born with bladder exstrophy, a rare birth defect that means the organ formed on the outside of his body. Although he has testicles, the one-in-20-million condition meant Andrew was born without a penis. He underwent surgery as a child to create an artificial opening, and then a further 15 surgeries since then to build a tube from his bladder so he could pass water normally, and as a result has suffered from kidney problems. His rare birth defect led Andrew to attempt suicide but in 2012 he was given hope after being referred to Dan Wood, a consultant urologist at UCLH in London.
He said: ‘My GP knew about my depression and suicide attempts. She told me: ‘You can’t live like this.’