A 47-year-old man from the Netherlands was left needing reconstructive surgery on his penis after it started rotting when a cobra struck while on a safari holiday in South Africa
A man was left needing reconstructive surgery on his penis after being bitten in the genitals by a snake.
The 47-year-old man, of Dutch nationality, was on a safari in South Africa when he was struck by the cobra lurking in the toilet.
According to Urology Case Reports, the man was left in agony for a whole three hours before he was taken to the nearest trauma centre 350km away.
Upon being admitted to hospital, his penis and scrotum “were noted to be swollen, deep purple in color and painful”.
The man was required hemodialysis due to acute kidney injury before being repatriated to the Netherlands.
Once home, he underwent reconstructive surgery, namely penile shaft debridement
“After a further 6 days, a full-thickness graft was harvested from the groin and placed over the penile defect,” the report reads.