Thomas Manning, a 64-year-old cancer survivor, has become the United States’ first recipient of a penis transplant.
According to Fox Carolina News, Manning is doing well after he went under the knife for a 15-hour operation at the Massachusetts General Hospital last week.
“Emotionally he's doing amazing. I'm really impressed with how he's handling things. He's just a positive person,” said Dr. Curtis Cetrulo. “He wants to be whole again. He does not want to be in the shadows."
Cetrulo, who is part of the team of doctors who performed the delicate surgery, said they expect Manning to be discharged soon from the hospital due to the good results.
The operation, albeit still in experimental stage, will enable Manning to urinate normally again and have an active sex life although reproduction is out of the question for now.
Manning’s genitals were amputated in 2012 after suffering from an aggressive type of penile cancer.
In 2014, a 21-year-old man from South Africa also underwent a penis transplant after having his penis amputated due to a bad case of infection following circumcision.
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