John Bobbitt Thought He Was Going to Die When Wife Cut Off His Penis

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A new ABC special is taking a look at John Wayne Bobbitt’s life 25 years after he made sensational headlines when his wife sliced off his penis as he slept.

“20/20” host Amy Robach, who's hosting the special called “The Bobbitts: Love Hurts," told Inside Edition that Bobbitt is doing well more than two decades since the horrifying attack.  

"[He] says that he is happy, that he's healthy, he's living in Las Vegas, he has a girlfriend who he loves and life is good," she said. 

The story of the Bobbitts was on virtually every front page in 1993 when John's wife, Lorena, cut off his penis with a 12-inch kitchen knife after she claimed he sexually assaulted her at their home in Manassas, Virginia, which he denied. He was tried and found not guilty.  

“I think for men and women, it was like, ‘No she didn't! Oh my gosh!’” Robach said of the national fascination with the case. 

Surgeons spent nine hours reattaching the appendage, which John says today is "very much" functioning. Robach said that John noted that it surprisingly didn’t hurt when his penis was severed.

Still, John said he feared for his life in that moment.  “I thought I was gonna die," John tells Robach in the special. "I thought, 'That's it, gonna die.'”

Lorena was ultimately found not guilty of malicious wounding by reasons of insanity, shocking the world. Since then, the Bobbitts have pretty much disappeared from the public spotlight. Lorena was last seen in 2015, remarried with a daughter.

"20/20: The Bobbitts: Love Hurts," airs Friday at 10 p.m. on ABC. 

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