Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital are preparing to perform the first penis transplant in the U.S. The recipient will be a veteran injured in war. Linda So reports.
Soldiers on the front lines it's suffered devastating injury. Some come home with missing Lynn. Others suffer irreparable brain damage. But there's one type of injury that can be just as devastating. The loss of the penis mortgage connected to every man's identity it's an embarrassing topic note want to talk about four year old who served as a marine medic in the Iraq War says it's the first thing injured soldiers would ask him about. They would ask is everything okay how they're not you know. My wife at home we haven't yet we're trying to have a baby when I get back. Now doctors at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore Maryland are hoping to ensure that everything can be okay. They're preparing to perform the very first penis transplant in the US. The recipient will be a US soldier who lost the majority of this penis and suffered substantial groin injuries in a bomb explosion while deployed overseas. Doctor Richard Fredette is part of the surgical team. So if you're wounded warrior that's had a blast injury that has done a lot of damage you have a very big defects in the pelvic region. You may not just being a senior being an issue may be missing your true. Lower portion of the abdominal walls some of the growing tissue and some of the inner side to issue. And we've kind of sorted out how to take that blockage issue from a donor can give it to proceed. The team of doctors are expecting to perform as many as sixty penis transplants for wounded veterans. The first could happen any day doctors are just waiting on a matching donor. We're looking at its the age of the patient and certainly the skin color of the nation doesn't have to kind of primary concerns and we had an. It's you know he obviously went and a door that as a functioning penis as well. Current security at clinical research manager at Hopkins says that penis will come from a deceased donor it is a special. Request and we make us handling on an individual basis. Com this isn't something that if you. If something happens to you and you agreed to be a donor per your driver's license hmmm this is an automatic. Donation that would be made on your house. Nothing to penis transplants in the world the first in China in 2006 was unsuccessful. The second in South Africa and 2014. Once the success with the recipient able to impregnate his partner shortly after the surgery. Doctors at Hopkins are hoping for the same six sat. For this kind of transplant or some functional things were looking for a break. His patient able to a yearning. You know through the penis. And then is what's the sensation planes can percent would be done through patient record. And then we are looking before it's there is any hold a spontaneous erection. In the future doctors see this surgery could be applied to those with birth defects or transgender individuals. But for now the operation is only being offered to injured veterans. Giving them hope for the future after their sacrifice overseas.