Take a bullet in the shop window? Don’t worry about it we can make you a new penis!!
This is one of those stories you come across late in the day when all of the words are running together and productivity is at an all time low. For the past hour I have just been counting the lines in my desk and staring off into space. When this gem popped up on my computer screen I couldn’t pass it up.
A teenage boy in Peru named Luis Canelos, 17, accidentally shot himself in the groin 8 years ago. He will have surgery in Miami to get a shiny new penis. According to the New York Daily News Luis almost entirely destroyed his genital region. Leaving himself with just a small part of his right testicle intact.
At $50,000 his surgery is in no way inexpensive. Thanks to the charity International Kids Fun Wonderfund who payed for the procedure, and the Ronald McDonald House, Luis and his father, Roger, will have a place to stay during and after the surgery and come away with no debt.
ABC reports that according to Andrew Panossian, an assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at USC Keck School of Medicine, the rare surgery, known as phalloplasty, is going to be a challenge. He described it as similar to creating a tube inside a tube and said it requires a specific pattern of harvesting skin, blood vessels and nerves to create the new penis. Then a separate tube has to be run through the new penis for sperm and urine to leave the body.
This is quite an intense procedure. It is amazing that through modern medicine today we are able to give a teenager in Peru to regain his ability to have a fully functional and emotionally fulfilling life.