One of our warriors who was wounded in Afghanistan is now able to feel a bit more whole again after receiving a total penis and scrotum transplant. The operation, performed at Johns Hopkins Hospital, was the first of its kind.
NBC Washington reports:
A team of nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons performed the 14-hour surgery last month. The penis, scrotum and part of an abdominal wall came from a deceased donor, the hospital said.
The patient has recovered from the surgery and is expected to be released this week, officials say. The hospital did not disclose in which branch of the military the patient served.
“When I first woke up, I felt finally more normal… [with] a level of confidence as well. Confidence… like finally I’m okay now,” said the patient, who asked not to be identified.