A 64-year-old bank courier from Massachusetts who lost his penis to cancer became the second man in the world, and first in the United States, to be the recipient of a successful penis transplant.
Thomas Manning, a bank courier from Halifax, Mass., is America’s first man to receive a successful penis transplant after he underwent a 15-hour operation at the Massachusetts General Hospital last week. The first successful penis transplant operation was conducted in South Africa. The man recovered successfully and fathered a child. A similar operation was conducted in China, but unlike the South African man, this case was a failed one.
Dr. Curtis Cetrulo said the monumental operation is not just a new milestone for them, but a big leap to the entire medical community in the country. Cetrulo, who heads the medical team that operated on Manning, said they are optimistic that the post-operation recovery of the patient would go smoothly.
“We are hopeful that these reconstructive techniques will allow us to alleviate the suffering and despair of those who have experienced devastating genitourinary injuries and are often so despondent they consider taking their own lives,” Cetrulo said in a statement.
Manning was lucky he got the entire operation for free. The medical team shouldered the expense of the operation, which pegged at around $50,000 to $70,000, since it was an experimental procedure. The doctors who worked with Cetrulo’s team also volunteered their professional time for free. The transplanted penis came from a deceased donor.
But it’s not the end of the story for Manning since his doctors said he still needs to take medicines his entire life that would prevent his body to reject the transplanted penis, the New York Times reported.
“I couldn’t have a relationship with anybody. You can’t tell a woman, ‘I had a penis amputation’. If I’m lucky, I get 75 percent of what I used to be. Before the surgery I was 10 percent. But they made no promises. That was part of the deal,” Manning was quoted as saying by the New York Times.
Other than those patients who lost their penises due to underlying medical conditions such as cancer, war veterans who had theirs amputated are also seen to directly benefit from this medical breakthrough.
In fact, a medical team from the John Hopkins University is looking into the potentials of the procedure specifically to war veterans who lost their penises due to incidents in the battlefield. But the procedure has still a long way to go, the AJC reported.
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