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Injured US Army veteran recovers almost normal functions after first penile and scrotum transplant



HThis was the first penis and scrotum transplant and only the fourth penis transplant ever performed. It was also by far the most complicated. The 14-hour operation involved a staff of about 35 doctors.

Curtis Cetrulo, a Massachusetts transplant surgeon who in 2016 performed the first penile transplant in the United States, called the operation "a real quantum leap."

Ray will probably have to take anti-rejection drugs for life, which could put him at risk for infections, kidney problems and certain cancers.

However, he told MIT Review that agreeing to the transplant was "one of the best decisions I ever made."

He continued: “This surgery was a way for me to get over that little subconscious voice or whatever it was that always made me feel different from others.

"It was one of those injuries that really stresses you out and you think, 'Why would I continue?'

"I think I've always kept that real hope that there is an answer out there."


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