Andrew Wardle hasn’t had an easy life. He was born with a condition called bladder exstrophy, which means his bladder formed on the outside of his body, so his body never bothered forming a penis. He’s dealt with the condition for four decades and is finally ready to have a wang. Wardle’s adventure will be documented by TLC. In a new interview with People, Wardle explains how good he became at hiding his missing unit throughout his life. That doesn’t mean he enjoyed his affliction.
Wardle explains how he fell into a deep, fully understandable depression during his teenage years: “I thought I was going to end up dying from all the drugs. I just didn’t even care.” He was tired of lying and tired of feeling embarrassed about his body. Even as an adult, Wardle would prefer to find his girlfriends online, so he could hide the truth as long as possible. His current girlfriend, known only as “Fedra,” didn’t know his secret until after they cohabitated. Surprisingly, she stuck with him even after her grand awakening.
Very soon, Wardle will undergo a series of four surgeries that doctors say will leave him with a fully functioning penis. [Editorial note: This procedure is called a Radial Forearm Flap Phalloplasty.] How exactly will it work? “They told me they could build a penis out of my arm.” Doctors believe they can build Wardle a penis from the muscle and skin in his arm, which they will graft together “to create a fully functioning penis.”
Wardle hopes the doctors are correct. If things don’t go as planned, Wardle says, “I’m at the age where I really don’t care. Since I hit 40, I don’t care what people think or do.” Betcha his girlfriend has her fingers crossed, though.