There have been so many transplant stories in the news lately, how could I not write something?
Even though I've been toiling in the ED, my heart still belongs to transplant. Wait...you know what I mean. Anyhoo, let's start off with a story that's been on many news sites. Thomas Manning just became the first person in the U.S. to receive a penis transplant. The 64 year old had penile cancer and had to have his penis amputated in 2012. The remarkable thing is that he has been very open to talking about the procedure in an attempt to remove the stigma surrounding "genital" transplants.
Some info from the NY Times
But I really like this article, and Thomas Manning, for opening up about the surgery and its implications for men who have pelvic injuries, particularly combat veterans.
But this article really takes the cake, (or the donut). Stay classy Daily Mail!
This link explains the anastomosis. Be prepared...it shows a PENIS!
I used to think that donating something "weird", like my face or skin, was too creepy. Until you see a picture of someone who hasn't left the house for a decade because someone blew their face off. Then, it's like, "Well, that's one more part I won't need anymore. Might as well help someone out."