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Moore, a 30 year old truck driver from Saucier, Miss., welcomed his son, Memphis, into the world on Oct. 4, becoming the first known man to have produced a child naturally with a reconstructed penis.
But the reconstructed penis isn't flaccid, so it's possible to perform intercourse and, in Moore's case, procreate. His is the first known case in the world, Lee said.
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that use tissue from the patient's arm to create a new organ, Lee's technique takes tissue from the thigh.
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while in the bathroom, he looked down and thought something looked wrong. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors tried to save his penis but ultimately were forced to amputate.
His son's birth not only fulfilled a lifelong dream of being a father but also inspired Moore to speak out about a condition of which he's no longer ashamed.
Moore hadn't been circumcised as a baby, but a lingering infection prompted a doctor to recommend it when he was 7 years old. The procedure seemed to go well, and Moore was discharged without incident.
Statistics on full or partial genitalia loss are elusive, but cases do occur with enough regularity that doctors have developed techniques for their reconstruction.
"We share our story so people won't give up hope on something like this."
It took several months to heal, but afterward, Moore had a fully functioning penis that can feel sensations, urinate and ejaculate. Because he lost the erectile tissue with his original penis, he cannot have an erection.
Moore was skeptical. Three previously failed surgeries in his teens left him scarred and jaded. He doubted Lee would have better results but ultimately decided to go for it.
Heather and Mike Moore, from left, introduce son Memphis to Dr. Gordon Lee, who performed Mike Moore's surgery.(Photo: Stephanie Chuang/ Special to The Clarion Ledger)
"This is not a rare situation," Moore said. "There are veterans that come back from war, and their genitalia is no longer there. There are people who get cancer and lose their genitalia. They have opportunities to live a normal life.
"Nobody wants to talk about it, or else they make jokes about it," Lee said, "but to the guys who have lost a penis, it's not funny. It's an important topic."
which he sutured to the patient's groin. Moore's urethra, which was still intact, was run through the shaft. And the blood vessels from the skin flap were rerouted through the body and to the new penis.
On July 26, 2007, Moore underwent the nearly seven hour surgery. Lee took a large flap of tissue from Moore's thigh and rolled it into a tube for the shaft, Cheap Womens Converse Shoes Uk
There are veterans that come back from war, and their genitalia is no longer there. There are people who get cancer and lose their genitalia. They have opportunities to live a normal life.
JACKSON, Miss. Mike Moore lost his penis in a botched circumcision but has passed Converse All Star White Low Top the ultimate test of manhood by fathering a child without the use of artificial insemination.
"At 7 years old, I didn't really know what was going on," Moore said. "I don't think I felt a sense of loss until I hit puberty."
Lee performed the first such procedure on a Texas man who lost his penis to cancer. The story appeared in a newspaper read by Moore's uncle, a Texas resident. The uncle immediately called Moore and told him to read the story and contact the doctor.
Most of Lee's patients lost their organs due to cancer or some other trauma. He rarely sees anyone due to a circumcision related incident.
One of the leaders in this field is Dr. Gordon Lee, the Stanford University Medical Center plastic surgeon who invented the particular procedure used on Moore. Unlike most penis reconstruction surgeries Yellow Mens Converse Shoes Uk
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