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U.S. Hospital Completes Country’s First Penis Transplant

Thomas Manning

The patient went through a 15-hour transplant procedure.

Thomas Manning, 64, was diagnosed with penile cancer in 2012 and received an amputation to curb the cancer's spread.

Four years later, Manning has received the U.S.'s first penis transplant after a 15-hour surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The world's first penis transplant reportedly took place in South Africa in 2012.

The transplant procedure has been developed to treat combat veterans recovering from severe pelvic injuries, as well as cancer survivors like Manning.

"Today I being 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 MGH statement. "In sharing this success with all of you, it's my hope we can usher in a bright future for this type of transplantation."

Dr. Curtis L. Cetrulo, Jr., was part of the team of surgeons and researchers. Cetrulo also helped complete the surgical team's first hand transplant in 2012.

"The entire transplant team has worked tirelessly to ensure that our patient is on the path to recovery, thanks in part to the gift of organ donation," Cetrulo said.

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