A soldier who was wounded in Afghanistan from an IED blast just received a life-changing surgery.\nAccording to the Baltimore Sun, a transplant recipient who wishes to remain anonymous is currently recovering at the hospital after a first of its kind procedure.\nThe penile reconstructive surgery was performed by a team of doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. It was the first surgery ever in which a penis, scrotum, and abdominal wall were transplanted on a patient.\nAccording to USA Today, the patient did not receive testicles in the procedure to “avoid the ethical issues” as the testicles would have contained the sperm of the donor, who recently passed away.\nWhile the transplant donor and his family wish to remain anonymous, they released a statement thanking the transplant recipient for his service to the United States. Fittingly, it was also reported that the donor came from a family of veterans.\nAssociate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Dr. Richard Redett told the press that he hopes that the ground-breaking surgery will help the wounded soldier to regain both urinary and sexual function and lead a normal life. Redett also said that it will take about six months for sexual sensation and function to be regained.\nIn hopes that they will be able to perform more similar procedures in the near future, John Hopkins was gracious enough to cover the entire cost of the procedure. Nine plastic surgeons, as well as two urologists, also worked for free during the procedure.\nRichard Redett and Carisa answer a few questions about their first attempt at the penile transplant.https://t.co/VXYZu4cZhp pic.twitter.com/ksykd2UCuR\n— Hopkins Med News (@HopkinsMedNews) April 23, 2018\nIn all, the surgery ended up taking about 14 hours for doctors to complete back in March, the New York Post reports. The unnamed soldier also lost both of his legs after he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan but in an interview with Post, he confessed that the penile injury was more devastating to him, stating that he felt it was like he was banished from having a relationship due to his injury.\nMy latest… US veteran receives world’s first total penis, scrotum transplant https://t.co/BLWH4GziCw\n— Joshua Rhett Miller (@joshuarhett) April 23, 2018\nIn the interview, the man also said that he feels “whole” again after having the surgery, whereas before he stated that he struggled to even see himself as a man.\nBut with his new outlook on life, the soldier confessed that he now has plans to go to medical school and just get back to doing normal, everyday things.\nTwo years ago, a similar procedure was done to penile cancer patient Thomas Manning at Massachusetts General Hospital. He continues to do well following the procedure.