Andrew Wardle’s birth defect has caused him mental anguish, even driving him to the brink of suicide.
But now he is preparing for ground-breaking surgery which will see him become one of the first men in the world to have an entirely new penis built from his own arm, the Sun reported.
“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,” he said.
The 39-year-old has 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, he can finally start living like a normal man.
Wardle, from Stalybridge, Gtr Manchester, was born with an ectopic bladder, which meant it formed on the outside of his body.
Although he has testicles, he did not have a penis at all.
He had a successful op on his bladder but his birth defect remained.
His mum, who was just 17, was unable to cope and made the painful decision to give him up for adoption. Fortunately, he was taken in by a loving couple from Wales.
Growing up he had countless kidney problems and infections and underwent 15 operations to build a tube from his bladder so he could pass water normally.
When he got into his teens and started getting interested in girls then it became a problem.
He started to become sexually attracted to girls but the only physical sensation he felt was butterflies in his stomach.
He had his first girlfriend at 17 and, as their relationship developed, he explained his situation to her.
She was understanding and they dated for four years, having a sexual relationship where he was able to make sure she was satisfied.
At 21 Andrew got a job at Butlins in Minehead, Somerset, and during that time he experimented with drugs such as ecstasy and LSD as a way of dealing with the psychological effects of being born without his manhood.
By taking drugs he gave himself the perfect cover.
He’d bed girls but said things could only go so far because the drugs meant he couldn’t rise to the occasion.
“I’ve been to bed with over 100 women. Some were one-night stands, some long-term relationships. I’ve told 20 percent of them the truth,” he said.