Luis Canelos was just 9-years-old when he shot himself in the groin. The accident almost destroyed his entire genital area.
Now Canelos is 17-years-old and he is hoping that once his operation is completed in August he will have a fully functioning penis, according to NY Daily
. Canelos said that he just wants to be young again and he wants to recover his body.
According to Alaska Dispatch
, the surgery is going to cost around $50,000 but the International Kids Fun Wonderfund and the Ronald McDonald House will be paying for it. Housing will also be provided for Luis and his father Roger, while they are in Florida. Maria Luisa Chea, the Executive Director, said that the organization agreed to help the teen because of the physical situation as well as the emotional aspect of the situation.
According to ABC
, Dr. Christopher Salgada is the associate professor of surgery and section chief of plastic surgery at the University of Miami and he will be leading the surgical team.
The operation is expected to take around 20 hours to complete. It will be done at the Holtz Children Hospital at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Salgado's surgical team includes a microsurgeon and a pediatric urologist.
Salgado said that this type of procedure is not not a a lot of hospitals and there are only a few people who can perform such a surgery.
Salgado said that he will be taking some tissue from Canelos' forearm and he will create a penis from it by sewing the skin to the nerves, veins and arteries.
Salgado said that there are some risks that Canelos is taking, and one of them is he could end up developing a clot in his vein or artery. If this happens, then he will be right back in the operating room.
The other risk is that Canelos could end up urinating out of the side of his penis if the area between the existing urethra and his newly attached urethra break down.
Canelos said that he is very nervous about going in for the surgery but he thinks that the outcome will be good.