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Man Receives Penis, Scrotum From Another Guy And They’re Working

The man who received the world's first total penis and scrotum transplant said he is now "feeling whole" again. Doctors said the organ is working well and that the man was able to have erections and orgasm. 

The unnamed recipient was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. He accidentally stepped on an improvised explosive device during a mission in Afghanistan in 2010, which damaged most of his legs, his genitals and part of his abdomen.

"I remember everything froze and I was upside down," the man told MIT Technology Review. "I remember thinking a quick thought: 'This isn't good.'"

The man later went under the knife for a complicated procedure. Doctors said his case was the first to require a total replacement for his penis, scrotum and lower abdominal wall.  

He received nearly five pounds of transplant from a deceased donor. The surgery required 11 different surgeons to stitch together hundreds of tiny blood vessels, ScienceAlert reported Wednesday.

Prior to the military veteran’s case, there were other penis transplants conducted in other areas of the world. In 2006, a man from Guangzhou, China, received a new organ but later faced complications since his body rejected the new penis. 

But there were also successful surgeries. Two men from South Africa and one in the U.S. recovered well with the new organ.

However, doctors still consider the U.S. soldier’s case a first in the world since he received a total replacement for his genital. A year after the surgery, the organ appeared with functioning nerve connections. 

"He has near-normal erections and the ability to achieve orgasm," the researchers said in a case report published in The New England Journal of Medicine. "He has normal sensation to the shaft and tip of the transplanted penis and can localize touch sensation. The patient urinates while standing, without straining, frequency or urgency, with the urine discharged in a strong stream."

However, doctors did not provide everything to the man. They decided not to transplant the donor's testicles due to ethical concerns.

They said the patient "could have fathered a child with the donor's DNA." The man said he was happy with the decision. 

He has returned to school and is able to independently walk with his leg prostheses.

banana A U.S. military veteran who received the world's first total penis and scrotum transplant reported he is now able to have erections and orgasm. Pixabay