May 16, 2016 6:43 PM by NBC News
A Massachusetts cancer patient is the first man in the United States to receive a penile transplant. Doctor Mallika Marshall reports from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where the groundbreaking surgery took place.
64 year old Thomas Manning is recovering after receiving the first penis transplant in the United States.
Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital used the transplanted organ of a deceased donor.
“He’s doing well so far,” said Dr. Curtis Cetrulo, a doctor on the surgery team. “I just spoke to him this morning, he’s up and about and out of bed.”
Manning was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Doctors had to remove most of his genitals to save his life.
Manning is expected to remain here at Mass General another 3-4 days. His doctors are cautiously optimistic that normal urination and sexual function will be possible in the weeks and months ahead.
But they say, as with any transplant, there is the possibility of rejection.
“There are different tissues involved, different lymphatic tissues so we’ll just have to take it day by day and see how we go,” Cetrelo said.
”Today I begin a new chapter filled with personal hope and hope for others who have suffered genital injuries, particularly for our service members who put their lives on the line and suffer serious damage as a result,” Manning said in a statement.
He says he’s sharing his story to remove any shame or stigma associated with genital cancers and injuries.
This is the third transplant of its kind in the world. The first was in China in 2005 but the organ was removed two weeks later. In 2015 in South Africa a 21-year old patient made a full recovery and regained all function in the transplanted organ.