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Soldier Will Receive America's First Penis Transplant
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A young soldier who sustained a bomb blast in Afghanistan will receive the first penis transplant in the United States, Today reports.
Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine say the penis will come from a deceased donor and should allow the soldier to be able to have sex and develop urinary function within a few months.
Dr. W.P. Andrew Lee, chairman of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins, notes how damaging it is for young men to return from war with genital wounds, saying, "I think one would agree it is as devastating as anything that our wounded warriors suffer, for a young man to come home in his early 20s with the pelvic area completely destroyed."
Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, a bioethicist at Johns Hopkins, said wives of veterans whose husbands had sustained genital injuries had expressed similar sentiments, saying it "eroded their husbands' sense of manhood and identity."
The transplant is still considered experimental, since there has only been one successful penis transplant reported in a medical journal (which took place in South Africa last year) and the risks include bleeding, infection, and rejection of the implant.
Despite the risks, Lee says it's possible that transplant recipients will still be able to have biological children, since the donor's testes would not be transplanted, thereby allowing him to have his own children and not the biological children of the donor.
The Johns Hopkins doctors say that even if the transplant fails, they can still remove it without causing any harm to the recipient, so it's definitely worth trying.
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