The story of Malcolm MacDonald is one that any man would find terrifying. After suffering from a blood infection, MacDonald lost his penis only to have a new one built and placed on one of his arms.
MacDonald suffered an infection in his perineum, which turned his appendages (including his member) black. As he explained to The Sun, “I had struggled for years with an infection in my perineum but I had no idea what could happen. When I saw my penis go black I was beside myself. It was like a horror film. I was in a complete panic. I knew deep down it was gone and I was going to lose it.”
In 2015, MacDonald’s worst fears became a reality when his penis dropped off on to the floor. But while he lost his penis, his testicles remained intact. Doctors informed MacDonald that the best they could do was to “roll the remaining stump up like a little sausage roll”, but MacDonald later met with Professor David Ralph of London’s University College Hospital who had previously created a “bionic penis” for a man born without one.
Professor Ralph performed an arm-graft treatment which cost $65,000 USD (and even saw MacDonald request a new penis on his arm two inches bigger). Surgeons were able to craft him a new penis with its own blood vessels and nerves, even creating an artificial urethra and installing two tubes inflated with a hand pump to allow him to get an erection. Now, that very penis has been moved to its original location.
The surgery came six years after the phallus was designed, no doubt delayed due to staff shortages amid the pandemic. Details of the operation will be revealed in a new documentary, aptly titled The Man With a Penis on His Arm. “It was a nine hour op,” said MacDonald. “The first thing I did was look down and I was like, ‘Oh, my days. They got it this time.”
Not surprisingly, MacDonald is celebrating the return of his member to its original place. “My luck in life hasn’t been too good so far, but it can only go bad for so long, can’t it?” He added, “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.”