Source: GLOBAL NEWS
Surgeons from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine said the recipient of the United States’ first penis transplant will be a young soldier injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.
The organ will come from a deceased donor, doctors said they expect it to start working within a matter of months. First he will develop urinary function, sensation and, eventually, the ability to have sex, according to the New York Times. The surgery will take place within a year.
“We want to continue to expand the field into areas that are not easy to reconstruct using conventional methods,” Dr. Damon Cooney, the co-clinical director of the penile transplant program at Johns Hopkins, told CBS News. “The more and more interactions we’ve had with the military, the more we came to find out that although people aren’t talking about it much, genital injuries are a much bigger problem for a lot of people.”