Shenzhen man gets a life-saving skin graft from the most unique of locationsPosted: 04/1/2013 2:00 pm
When somebody suffers severe burns on large portions of their body, it’s important to do a skin graft as quickly as possible. Serious burns can lead to organ failure.
That was the case for one man in Shenzhen, named Yang Qinjie. He was severely burned in an accidental dust explosion in October last year. The burns were so bad, doctors said it covered 98% of his body. As such, he was in serious need of a skin graft, according to media reports.
Doctor Xie Lihua at Shenzhen Number Two People Hospital found there were only two places on Yang’s body that had escaped serious burns: his scalp, and his penis.
Xie, of course, turned to the scalp first. He scissored some of the skin and soaked it in salt water. Only 1% of skin can cover 10% of the burned area. Furthermore, the skin can easily expand evenly. But it turned out using his scalp was not enough, so Doctor Xie finally sought the last straw –Yang’s penis.
Comparatively speaking, skin on the penis does not recover as fast as the skin on the scalp. Thus, it can only be taken bit by bit. Fortuntately, it is said that skin in Yang’s most burned areas has grown well and he’ll be able to leave the hospital next month.
“This is a medical miracle,” President Cai Zhiming of Shenzhen Number Two People Hospital said. “The patient was burned over