Dubai: Surgeons at Dubai Hospital have re-attached the penis of a 78-year-old Emirati after it was Bobbitised in a fit of rage by his 26-year-old Bangladeshi housemaid early this week.

"He is better now. He is conscious and coherent," a source at the hospital's Urology Ward told XPRESS without elaborating on the details of the surgery.

The maid, originally hired to look after the man, told police she used a kitchen knife to chop off her employer's organ as he had been sexually harassing her for many days. The Deira resident was bleeding profusely when he was rushed to Rashid Hospital on Monday morning. He was eventually referred to Dubai Hospital and was operated upon the same evening.

The term ‘Bobbitised' came into currency after a young US woman, Lorena Bobbitt, cut off her husband's genitals in 1993 to ward off unwanted advances. After the assault, Lorena drove away with the severed penis and threw it into a field. But when the severity of her action dawned on her, she called 911. Following an exhaustive search, the penis was located, packed in ice and brought to a hospital where John Bobbitt was being treated. It was re-attached after a nine-and-a-half hour operation.

It's not clear how long it took surgeons at Dubai Hospital to re-attach the penis, but a surgeon at a private clinic said phallic reconstruction surgery is an intricate job as it involves using skin tissues and soft bones from the patient's forearm and leg.

The nanny, initially charged with assault, is in police custody and her case has been referred to the prosecution.