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Cancer patient undergoes first US penis transplant

AFP / Kerry Sheridan (file photo) | A cancer patient in the US has undergone the country's first ever penis transplant

A Boston hospital says a cancer patient has received the first penis transplant in the United States.


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

The New York Times first reported the transplant Monday.

Dr. Curtis Cetrulo, who helped lead the surgical team, tells the newspaper that normal urination should be possible for the 64-year-old Manning in a few weeks, with sexual function possible in weeks to months.

The Times reports most of Manning's penis was removed during his battle with penile cancer.

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


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