The team write that they first saw the boy after he was transferred to the emergency room from another hospital. Though he was found to be in "good general condition", he was there to be prepared for surgery following the partial amputation. The 9-year-old had been helping his mother prepare food when the accident had taken place.
"The child pounding vegetables, was awkwardly struck on the penis with a pestle," the doctors wrote in the case report, adding "after conditioning, exploration in the operating room found partial amputation of the glans [head] with complete rupture of the urethra."
The team washed and trimmed the severed urethra, connecting the two sections with a catheter, before placing him on antibiotics post-operation. After 25 days, the boy was discharged, and one year on from the ordeal he had fully healed in an "aesthetically acceptable" manner.
"Injuries to the penis in children are sporadic injuries and are [often] caused by circumcision accidents, animal bites and zipper injuries," the team wrote in their report, adding that management of such injuries can be tricky.
"These are rare but often serious emergencies [...] treatment in less serious forms poses fewer problems and gives better aesthetic and functional results, while the management of serious forms and their complications (amputations, fistulas) resulting from replantation or urethroplasty remains a challenge."
Thankfully the boy's injuries healed without needing any more serious treatment.