British surgeons have implanted an 8-inch "bionic penis" into a 43-year-old man who lost his own penis in car accident when he was six.
Mohammed Abad, of Scotland, is looking forward to having a family with his mostly-functional penis, according to Science Alert.
It took three years to build the penis using Abad's skin grafts, a mechanical interior, and a fluid pouch. An on/off button on his scrotum dictates when he has an erection, during which fluid pumps into the tube inside of him to sustain it as long as he needs.
"When you want a bit of action, you press the 'on' button," Abad said. "When you are finished you press another button. It takes seconds. Doctors have told me to keep practising."
This is the only way for him to produce and sustain an erection, as the contraption does not respond to sexual stimulus. Even so, it is an astonishing feat of science, even though Elizabeth Kavaler, a New York neurologist, points out that this is not the world's first bionic penis, as dubbed by the media.
"It's not a 'bionic penis'; it's a penile implant," she said. "We do this all the time."
Roughly 53,000 American men have received penile implants to cure erectile dysfunction, most commonly caused by operations or injuries. That being said, Abad is the first person to have his whole penis replaced, not just the inner workings.
When he was six years old, a girl at school pushed him into the street during a snowball fight. A car hit him and dragged him 600 feet, reports the Daily Mail.
"They gave me 12 hours to live," he said, adding that he does not harbor any resentment towards his classmates.
However, life was difficult for the man with no penis.
Two years ago, Abad married a woman who was unaware of his condition until he came clean on their wedding night. She left him last year, tired of waiting to have children.
"She has needs and I just couldn't provide for them because my operation was taking too long," he said, though they keep in touch.
Once he masters his new body part, he hopes to lose his virginity and eventually have a family.