Peruvian Teen To Undergo Genital Reconstruction

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 7:11am

After an accident with his father's rifle when he was 9 years old left him without a penis, 17-year-old Luis Canelos of Peru will soon be undergoing genital reconstruction surgery, thanks to the efforts of a Miami plastic surgeon and a Florida nonprofit organization that provides medical care to children in need.

"I first admit I was a little unsure about the case," said Maria Luisa Chesa, executive director of International Kids Fund's Wonderfund, which helped to coordinate Canelos' surgery.

"But then I realized how important this surgery was for this young man, not just cosmetically. It really goes beyond that to be something that will definitely change his life."

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