Buhari Dauda, whose genitals were severed by his stepmother, Ramatu Rabiu, is capable of living a normal life, as well as being able to procreate even with the stump of his remaining genitals. Hope was raised last Tuesday, following a successful penile surgery conducted on him by a team of medical experts at the state owned Ibrahim Babangida Specialised Hospital in Minna, the state capital.
Prior to the operation, which commenced at about 9:35 a.m on Tuesday and lasted for almost three hours, the leader of the team, paediatric surgeon, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi told journalists that the essence of the surgery was to put the little boy’s scrotum in a proper position and in a sack by the plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Edward Bala, from the National Centre for Plastic Re-Constructive Surgery, Enugu, Enugu State.
At the end of the three-hour surgery, the medical experts declared that it was more than 90 per cent successful. Abdullahi added that the next surgery on little Buhari Dauda would take place after the age of 12, saying:
“we will monitor his chances of recovery and a psychologist will be attached to him so that he does not hate women when he grows up into a full-blown adult.”
If he is the type that has a long penis, he might not need any transplant in the future, but if he is the type that has a small penis, we will need to look for a part to add to the stump to make it longer.”
He disclosed further before the surgery that the penile surgery was the second stage operation performed by his team on the little boy, stressing that Buhari Dauda had the first operation when he was brought from his village in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday, 22 June, 2016.
“And at the time he came to the hospital, there were some tissues that were cut off and were dead as we have had to do what we call ‘debrimore’ to clean the dead and dying parts minimally so that we can spare as much as possible vital parts of his body. We were also able to divert his urine during that first time. So, since then, he has been on dressing and other care. So he has done well.
“We are supposed to have done this surgery before now, but we did not do it because he had some infections prior to his coming to the IBB Specialised Hospital, Minna. The genital was contaminated with rags from home in an attempt to control bleeding and then faeces also entered the penis . But now we have seen it clinically and by laboratory evidence, that there is no germ there, so we are going to proceed,” he stated.