Man Gets First US Penis Transplant
A 64-year-old cancer survivor from Massachusetts is recovering after becoming the first successful recipient of a penis transplant in the United States.
Thomas Manning lost his own sex organ during treatment. The replacement came from a deceased donor. “I want to go back to being who I was,” Manning tells The New York Times. He says he’s happy to speak out about the surgery, and wants to help dispel stigma that may be tied in with genital cancer. There’s hope, he says, that men who’ve fought the disease can still have normal anatomy restored.
The surgery remains experimental, and would have cost between $50,000 and $75,000. In this case, doctors and staff at Massachusetts General Hospital donated their time, and the facility covered the rest of the expense.
“We’re cautiously optimistic,” plastic surgeon Dr. Curtis L. Cetrulo, says. The only known successful penis transplant was performed in South Africa two years ago. That patient went on to father a child.