An Indian man who was attacked and mutilated by a group of people with a grudge had successful seven-hour penis-reattachment surgery, a news report said Sunday.

The unidentified 28-year-old man was assaulted in an unidentified town about 125 miles from New Delhi, the Times of India reported.

Despite taking nearly six hours to reach a hospital in New Delhi, doctors were able to reattach the severed organ because it was properly preserved in ice after the attack.

The surgery lasted seven hours, the report quoted Dr. Aditya Agarwal, who performed the operation, as saying.

"I am able to do all the things a normal person does, and I am very grateful to the doctors," the man was quoted as saying.

He said he had an old dispute with his attackers.

B.K. Rao, a top official at Sir Gangaram Hospital where the surgery took place, hailed the successful operation. "It has given back a young man his life and his social status," he said.