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World’s First Penis and Scrotum Transplant Takes Place in the United States

Other patients are being considered for similar surgeries, but it takes time to find donated tissue that is a good match in terms of age, skin tone, and immune system. The recipient must take medication so that his body will not reject the donated tissue.

Genital injuries can be devastating for men.

“That injury, I felt like it banished me from a relationship,” the recipient told the New York Times. “Like, that’s it, you’re done, you’re by yourself for the rest of your life. I struggled with even viewing myself as a man for a long time.”

The donor’s family told a Johns Hopkins reporter, “We are all very proud that our loved one was able to help a young man that served his country.”


HUB (Johns Hopkins University)

Nilaweera, Archana

“Johns Hopkins surgeons perform world's first total penis and scrotum transplant”

(April 23, 2018)

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Nitkin, Karen

“First-Ever Penis and Scrotum Transplant Makes History at Johns Hopkins”

(April 23, 2018)

The New York Times

Grady, Denise

“‘Whole Again’: A Vet Maimed by an I.E.D. Receives a Transplanted Penis”

(April 23, 2018)

Shots (NPR)

Harris, Richard

“Veteran Receives Penis Transplant To Repair War Wound”

(April 23, 2018)

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