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US soldier gets world's first penis and scrotum transplant

US soldier gets world's first penis and scrotum transplant

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A team of US doctors has successfully carried out the world's first total transplant of a penis and scrotum.Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, performed the operation on a soldier who had been wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan.They used a penis, scrotum and partial abdominal wall transplanted from a deceased donor.They say the soldier should be able to regain sexual function, which is impossible with penis reconstructions.The team of 11 surgeons performed the transplant over 14 hours on 26 March.It is the first surgery on a combat veteran injured on duty and the first to transplant a complete section of tissue including the scrotum and surrounding abdominal area. Doctors said the donor testicles were not transplanted, due to ethical considerations."While extremity ...