A US veteran who received the world’s first penis transplant has said it’s the’ best decision’ he’s ever made. Nine years ago, the U.S. Navy Corpsman, known only as Ray, suffered devastating injuries during an explosion in Afghanistan when he hit the roadside bomb in 2010.
Ray, who is in his 30s, is reported to have lost both his legs, genitals, and part of his abdominal wall. He was forced to learn how to walk on prosthetic legs after a tragic accident.
In 2013, Ray met with a plastic surgeon, Dr. Richard Redett of Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, to discuss a groundbreaking penis transplant.
In March 2018, the penis transplant was successfully performed on him, and it took Redett and his team 14 hours to complete Ray’s procedure.
The Baltimore doctors gave Ray a penis and scrotum transplant from a deceased donor, and it was the first penis and scrotum transplant ever to be performed.
Speaking for the first time about his life-changing procedure, the soldier said that he had almost regained full sensation in his new penis and was able to get an erection and urinate.
In an interview with MIT Technology Review, Ray said, “I don’t regret it. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” Speaking of the traumatic experience in the media for the first time, Ray said he remembers it all.
I remember thinking a quick thought,’ This isn’t good.’ And then I was on my back,’ he said.’ It was one of those injuries that really made you feel stressed, and you think,’ Why would I keep going?’ I guess I’ve always kept this real hope that there’s an answer out there.’