Tuesday 12 December 2017

Cancer patient first to have penis transplant in the US

Thomas Manning is recovering well following the penis transplant
Thomas Manning is recovering well following the penis transplant

Philip Marcelo in Boston

A cancer patient who received the first penis transplant in the United States is recovering well from the delicate surgery, doctors said yesterday.

Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, received the transplanted penis in a 15-hour procedure last week, Massachusetts General Hospital announced yesterday. The organ was transplanted from a deceased donor.

Surgeons on the transplant team say blood is flowing to the organ. They said there are no signs of bleeding, rejection or infection, and they are optimistic Manning will regain the function he lost in 2012 when an aggressive and potentially fatal penile cancer led to an amputation of the penis.

"Today I begin a new chapter filled with personal hope and hope for others who have suffered genital injuries," Manning said in a statement yesterday.

He told the 'New York Times' he experienced hardly any pain during and after the procedure. One complication came the day after the surgery when he was rushed to the operating room after beginning to haemorrhage. He said his recovery has been smoother since, but he still wasn't ready to take a close look at the transplant.

Manning, who is single and was not involved with anyone when the cancer was discovered, said the amputation made new relationships impossible. He said he is speaking out in order to help dispel a stigma associated with cancers and injuries affecting the genitals.

The donor penis came from the New England Organ Bank. The donor's family wished to remain anonymous.

It took three years of preparation before the team was ready to perform transplants, according to the 'Times'. Such operations are being studied as a way of treating wounded servicemen.

Dr Dicken Ko, who directs the hospital's urology program, said candidates for future transplants will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. They will be limited to cancer and trauma patients for now, and will not be offered to transgender people.

The world's first penis transplant was performed in South Africa in December 2014.

Irish Independent

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