First Successful Penis Transplant in the US, Thomas Manning, 64, a bank courier from Halifax, Mass, underwent a 15-hour transplant operation and the organ came from a deceased donor. His penis was removed due to cancer, making this the first penis transplant in the United States. “We’re cautiously optimistic,” said Dr. Curtis L. Cetrulo, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a leader of the surgical team.
An accident at work in 2012 brought Mr. Manning to the hospital, and ultimately to the transplant team. Heavy equipment had fallen on him, causing severe injuries. The doctors treating him, saw an abnormal growth on his penis that he had not noticed. Tests revealed an aggressive and potentially fatal cancer. If not for the accident, Mr. Manning said, “I would’ve been in the ground two years ago.
According to Dr Cetrulo, “If all goes as planned, normal urination should be possible for Mr. Manning within a few weeks, and sexual function in weeks to months.”
Worldwide, only two other penis transplants have been reported: a failed one in China in 2006 and a successful one in South Africa in 2014, in which the recipient later fathered a child.