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Cancer patient receives first penis transplant in US

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Thomas Manning gives a thumbs up after being asked how he was feeling following the first penis transplant in the United States, in Boston.


A cancer patient received the first penis transplant in the United States and is recovering well from the delicate surgery, doctors said yesterday.

Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, received the transplanted penis in a 15-hour procedure last week, Massachusetts General Hospital announced yesterday. The organ was transplanted from a deceased donor.

Surgeons on the team who performed the transplant say blood is flowing to the organ. They said there are no signs of bleeding, rejection or infection, and that they're cautiously optimistic Manning will regain the function he lost in 2012 when cancer led to an amputation of the penis.

"Today, I begin a new chapter filled with personal hope and hope for others who have suffered genital injuries," Manning said in a statement yesterday.

The New York Times first reported the transplant.

Most of Manning's penis was removed amid a battle with an aggressive and potentially fatal penile cancer. The cancer was discovered in 2012 after the bank courier was severely injured in a work accident. Doctors treating him found an abnormal growth on his penis.