The boy was taken to the hospital for a swollen scrotum and the doctors found two penises without urethras.
An Iraqi boy appears to have made history after reportedly becoming the first baby to be born with three penises. “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case with three penises or triphallia,” wrote Dr. Shakir Saleem Jabali in a study published in the International Journal of Surgery Case. The medical condition came to light after a boy from Duhok, Iraq, was taken to the hospital because of swelling in his scrotum. He was three months old at the time. After examining him, the doctors noticed that he had a 0.8-inch member sprouting near the root of his primary penis, with another 1-centimeter-long penis situated under his scrotum sack. Supernumerary penises are an extremely rare congenital anomaly that affects one in every 5–6 million live births, according to the study.
The other two penises did not have a urethra inside — the tube that urine passes through. The doctors decided to remove the two penises that were attached to the original penis. The Hydra-esque anomaly intrigued medical staff as the child hadn’t been exposed to drugs in the womb, and nor did his family have a history of genetic aberrations. The boy has since then been discharged and didn't report any issues arising from the operation to remove the two additional phalluses. "Triphallia (three penises) is an unreported condition in humans until now," read the report. "Patients with supernumerary penises have a unique presentation and no cases are identical. Treatment is difficult because it poses medical, ethical, and cosmetic aspects."
While Triphallia hasn't been reported before, Diphallia has. It's a rare defect where the baby is born with two penises. The first such instance was recorded back in the 1600s, reported The Daily Mail. It is estimated one in every six million boys in America is born with the condition. Diphallia is also associated with other 'abnormalities', including being born with two scrotums or anuses. In most cases, the penises are the same size and sit beside each other. In certain cases, the smaller penis would be located above the larger one.
A man boasting of having two penises went viral after doing an AMA on Reddit about his condition. He claimed to have dual, 10-inch-long functioning penises. He was dubbed the "Double D*ck dude." During his AMA, he shared what it was like growing up with two penises, instead of one. "I guess pretty much like any other guy in puberty. Just had two dicks instead of one. I knew from an early age. But it was not a big deal. My mum said “You just have one extra” and that was it. It wasn’t until I was older that it started to be a hassle," said the person, reported New York Post. The man said he was often targeted because of his condition but said he moved past it and owned his two penises. "Honestly, it was the jerks I was around that made life hell. Once I was done with school, I realized it was something to be proud of … It’s one thing to be KNOWN as the guy with two c–ks and another thing to BE the guy with two c–ks. And being bisexual meant my d–ks were in constant demand. So it got to be kind of a curse for a while."
So, while everyone else is saying Happy New Year, I'm saying HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! It was a year ago today I went public!— Double Dick Dude (@DiphallicDude) January 1, 2015
He said his sex life has been a mixed bag, adding that a few girls "enjoyed it" while it made "a few run screaming" in the past. "Usually, the ones I get to know well before we date are cool with it. I don't talk about it otherwise like if I'm not going to have sex with you, you won't know I've got two dicks. lol," he wrote. He even published a book titled Double Header: My Life with Two Penises.