John Wayne Bobbitt is weighing in on rapper Andre “Christ Bearer” Johnson, who cut off his own penis this week as part of an apparent suicide attempt.
Andre Johnson cut off his penis and jumped off a second-floor balcony in North Hollywood, Calif. Incredibly, he survived this and is in stable condition.
While doctors failed to reattach the member, he will live to tell about this. And if any one person can relate to this kind of trauma, it is John Wayne Bobbitt.
In 1993, Bobbitt became something of a tabloid sensation after his frustrated wife Lorena took a kitchen knife and sliced off his manhood as he slept.
While he lay bleeding and wailing on the bed, she tossed his detached penis out into a Virginia field. She quickly caught up with reality and called 911.
The former Marine, then 26, underwent a successful reattachment surgery. Johnson was reportedly not so lucky, but Bobbitt still understands his pain.
"You have got to get lucky," Bobbitt told Fox 411. "It’s about doctors and it’s about time."
"You only have a certain amount of time to get the tissue to the doctors and get you to surgery to reattach you, because as the tissue starts to decompose the less likely it will survive the operation."
"Mine was in the early morning, it was still cool, so initially I put it on ice... [with Andre Johnson] it probably didn't work because it was hot outside and you only have a couple of hours."
"The warmer it is the less time you have."
Beyond the physical trauma, nothing could have prepared Bobbitt for the mental struggles that he would endure when his wife dismembered him that way.
"It’s a traumatic experience, it hits you not only physically but also seriously mentally, and it definitely [causes] deep emotional pain and depression."
So where does this leave the Northstar rapper, who worked with members of the Wu-Tang clan (although Wu-Tang disputes their affiliation, apparently).
“This can be a very tricky surgery, so depending on how he cut it, it may be very difficult to reattach,” California-based medical expert, Dr. Damon Raskin said.
“The doctors would have to put a drain in his kidneys called a nephrostomy tube so that he could get rid of urine in the case that there is absolutely no penis left."
"Of course, he could not have intercourse again.”
More on this story as it develops ...