1st in medical history: War veteran gets his penis back after transplant, blown off in bomb blast

First time in medical history: Blown off in bomb blast, war veteran gets back penis in transplant
Photo courtesy Handout of John Hopkins Medicine/The Washington Post

This Afghanistan war veteran had lost his genitals when a roadside bomb exploded; he has now become the recipient of one of the world’s first genital transplants

The Hush Post: In one of world’s first genital transplant surgery ever in the medical history, a war veteran from Afghanistan, who had lost his genitals when a roadside bomb exploded, has got back his penis and scrotum.

The doctors who performed the surgery hope the transplant will restore his ability to function normally. The surgery lasted for 14-hour and the doctors hailed it as a medical first.

The war veteran, who wished anonymity, was the recipient of the tissue transplant from a team of 11 doctors, including nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons. The surgery was performed at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore last month. The procedure was the result of years of research, studies and cadaver work. It gave hope to the doctors that if it proves successful, it could be used for injured veterans and other men with severe genital injuries, NDTV reported.

“While extremity amputations are visible and resultant disability obvious, some war injuries are hidden and their impact not widely appreciated by others,” Dr. W.P. Andrew Lee told the media persons, speaking about “devastating impact” that the war veteran had on his male identity, self-esteem and intimate relationship with his partner.

“It’s a real mind-boggling injury to suffer; it is not an easy one to accept,” the war veteran said in a release. “When I first woke up, I felt finally more normal,” he added

The report said the transplant surgery included an entire penis, scrotum and partial abdominal wall from a donor, which made it distinct from the four other penis transplants, which only included the organ. Only a couple of the procedures have been successful, the report said.

For the transplant, the donor’s testes were first removed because of what the doctors said were complicated ethical issues, in particular the potential ability to father children with another man’s genetic material.

“There were too many unanswered ethical questions with that kind of transplant,” Dr. Damon Cooney told the media persons.

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