|Surgeons plan on giving a veteran from the war in Afghanistan the US's first penis transplant. Above, a Vietnam War veteran tries out a prosthetic limb at Walter Reed Army Medical center|
The United States' first penis transplant will be performed for a veteran returning from Afghanistan who suffered damage to his sexual organ.
Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland say that within the next several months they will take an organ from a deceased donor and giving it to the soldier, according to the New York Times.
The Department of Defense reports that 1,367 men - mostly under 35 years of age - suffered genital wounds from 2001 to 2013, largely as the result of improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The world's first successful penis transplant was completed last year in South Africa for a 21-year-old man whose penis was amputated because of a botched circumcision during a coming-of-age ceremony.
The unidentified man was expected to have a recovery time of two years, but doctors say he and his girlfriend became pregnant this summer. Continue reading