Penis and scrotum transplant deemed a success

Surgeons say the surgery should restore near-normal function 

Surgeons in the US report the first successful transplant of a penis and scrotum on a young army veteran.

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The former US soldier lost his legs and genitals in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan.

Called a vascularised composite allotransplantation, the procedure was performed on 25 March.

It involved transplanting an entire penis and scrotum — minus the testicles — along with the partial abdominal wall measuring 25cm x 28cm from a deceased donor.

The whole body part and tissue weighed about 2kg.

A team of nine plastic surgeons and