A 39 year old security guard from Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, the UK is to receive a ground breaking operation that involves him finally receiving a penis.
Born with a birth defect that affects just one in 20 million men, Andrew Wardle was born with an ectopic bladder, which is to say he had sexual organs form outside of his body. He had testicles but not a penis and, while he had a successful operation as a child to move his bladder to where it should be, his lack of manhood remained.
The operation to be performed by surgeons at the University College London will involve a complicated process where parts of his skin from his forearm will be transferred.
Told Wardle to the UK’s sun: “I never thought this day would come and I still can’t believe it is possible for me to actually have a fully functioning penis.
“I’ve been told that after a year, and three operations, they will be able to build one that will work in the same way as any other man’s. If it’s a success, I can finally start living like a normal man.”
Despite his lack of penis, Mr Wardle has still been a hit with the ladies, claiming to have slept with more than 100.
‘Some were one-night stands, some long-term relationships. I’ve told 20 per cent of them the truth,’ he said.
‘The fact I didn’t just want to get my leg over made me more attractive to women. I had charm and patter because it wasn’t all about sex.’
Nevertheless growing up Wardle was mercilessly teased as he was in and out of hospital, that said he managed to keep his secret from friends and classmates.
It was when he became interested in girls as a teenager that problems keeping his secret began.
The only physical sensation he felt with women were butterflies in his stomach but his first girlfriend at 17 was understanding when he explained the situation to her and they dated for four years before eventually splitting because she ‘wanted to experience things I was unable to do’.
Inevitably Wardle turned to drugs like ecstasy and LSD as a coping mechanism.
Reflects Andrew Wardle: “By taking drugs I gave myself the perfect cover. I’d bed girls but said things could only go so far because the drugs meant I couldn’t rise to the occasion.”
His condition eventually led to him attempting to take his life by overdosing on pills as he hit rock bottom. Yet after talking with his sister he sought help.
It was only then that Andrew Wardle went to his childhood doctor and was told there had been advances in surgery and that hope could be in sight.
After consulting a specialist at UCL, Mr Wardle was stunned and delighted when surgeons agreed to operate.
He plans to write a book about his ordeal and train as a counsellor.
Amazing how a man’s sense of identity and masculinity can be connected to his penis, then again perhaps in Mr Wardle’s case he has further gone on to show that one’s masculinity can also be proven by one’s ability to endure and prove show their mettle and strength of resolve.