Man Fathers Miracle Baby After Losing His Penis In Botched Circumcision

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In a very troubling story of circumcision gone wrong, 30-year-old Mike Moore lost his penis in a botched circumcision operation at the age of seven. Now, Mike has made medical history by becoming the first man to conceive a child with a reconstructed penis.


At the age of seven, doctors discovered that Mike had an infection that prevented him from urinating properly. Doctors advised a routine circumcision that was botched and resulted in an amputation of the penis. Mike recounts years of bullying, depression, and low self-esteem after the loss. Mike also believes that this resulted in the end of his first marriage.

Mike says:

“The one thing I wanted most in this world was a family, and I didn’t think it was going to happen – to have kids, to have a wife who loves me for who I am. It wasn’t going to happen, not to me.”

In 2007, Mike sought out Dr. Gordon Lee, a specialist in reconstructive plastic surgery at Stanford Medical Center, after three failed reconstructive surgeries for his penis. Dr. Lee successfully reconstructed his penis using tissue from his thighβ€”the second procedure of its kind ever performed by the doctor. According to Dr. Lee, “His story is, as far as I know, a first in the world for a totally reconstructed penis to go and have a baby.”

Thankfully, the story has a happy ending as Mike’s second wife Heather got pregnant last year with his sperm using artificial insemination. The happy couple gave birth to their son Memphis, now six months old.

My heart truly goes out to Mike and his family because I cannot imagine the personal struggle he has had to deal with for his entire adult life. Having a miracle child is the ideal ending to the worst-case result of a botched circumcision.

Stories like this are tough to hear, but I’m still supportive of circumcision for my own family. Yes, I would be devastated if my sons had to struggle like this after a botched procedure. At the same time, I can’t say that I would have done anything different than Mike’s parents did. He underwent a routine circumcision based on medical advice. The odds of his outcome were very slim, and I refuse to parent based on “what ifs.”


  1. Kelly

    April 22, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I’m very happy for him and his family.

    I don’t see how what happened to him could be described as a routine circumcision though. He had a medical issue that prevented him from urinating properly. That’s not routine. It sucks that the suggested treatment went wrong but it’s not like they did it just to do it.

    • Bethany Ramos

      April 22, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Good point.

    • LiLi

      April 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

      He also had the procedure done at age *7.* If the medical issue stemmed from him improperly cleaning himself as a child (and lets face it, little boys aren’t the epitome of hygiene) then its possible a circumcision at birth would have benefited him.

    • Sarah

      April 22, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      I wish I could upvote this 50 times. If anyone comes trolling in here running their idiot mouths comparing this to newborn circ, my eyes may never roll back into my head again.

    • Rachel Sea

      April 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Except at 7 his foreskin probably didn’t retract yet, and a normal foreskin is self-cleaning.

    • Sarah

      April 23, 2014 at 10:19 am

      I’ve seen lots of studies reporting that the majority of boys have a retractable foreskin by ages 3-5, but almost all by age 10. Different reports say different things but it’s definitely possible that his had already retracted.

    • Jenkins

      October 14, 2014 at 3:42 am

      Thats a good bit sexist and also a stretch. If children, male or female, are so dirty they require surgery, i would blame the parents…although i doubt that was the case at all. I would also venture to say that a man losing his genitals due to a specific surgery should not be used to advocate the very same surgery.

  2. Ursi

    April 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

    This is a miracle and I’m glad the doctors were able to give him the reconstructive surgery to make this possible. It saddens my heart that people like David Reimer (raised as a girl after a botched circumcision by recommendation of psychiatrist who did not have his best interests at heart) might still be alive today if this surgery had been available sooner. Sex organs are a huge part of gender identity and everyone, cisgender and transgender alike, should have one they feel comfortale with.

    • Tea

      April 22, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      The especially sad part is that phalloplasty has been around a long while, I just don’t think I lot of people know it’s an option or are afraid of seeking help.

  3. Butt Trophy Recipient

    April 22, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Circumcision should be only done by men.

    So if they fuck it up, punishment is you get the same thing that happens to your victim.


    • Sarah

      April 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      lol seems legit

  4. Sarah

    April 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I’m happy for him and his family! My uncle was circumcised at 10 for the same reason πŸ™

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  6. HaydenT

    April 23, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Would you please stop with the “Everyone has the right to make choices for their own families, I am pro-circumcision at birth for mine; here’s another story about how not circumcising at birth is The Worst Thing Ever.” Please. No more.

    • Bethany Ramos

      April 23, 2014 at 9:22 am

      I don’t make the news, but I have to report on it and provide my two cents. Thank you for your comment though, and I really am not being sarcastic.

  7. Alicia Kiner

    April 23, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Okay, I’m confused…. he conceived a child with a reconstructed penis or his second wife got pregnant through artificial insemination. Which is it?

    • Bethany Ramos

      April 23, 2014 at 9:21 am

      The wording of the original article was a little confusing to me too. He has a reconstructed penis, but artificial insemination was used to conceive with his second wife.

    • Alicia Kiner

      April 23, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Glad I’m not alone there then, thanks!! πŸ˜‰

    • Bethany Ramos

      April 23, 2014 at 9:27 am


  8. Trina

    June 12, 2014 at 11:05 am

    It’s amazing when a girl gets a UTI no-one suggests mutilating her genitals but when it’s a boy suddenly genital mutilation is routine.

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