A man from Boston, Massachusetts, has become the first person in the U.S. to receive penis transplant.
Thomas Manning is reported by the BBC to have had his penis removed three years ago after suffering from penile cancer.
The 64-year-old underwent a 15-hour surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital earlier this month with 50 doctors allegedly involved, and the organ coming from a deceased donor.
In a statement read by hospital officials, Manning wrote:
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…In sharing this success with all of you, it’s my hope we can usher in a bright future for this type of transplantation.
It is hoped that if the experimental procedure is a success it can be repeated to help combat veterans with similar pelvic injuries.
As reported by The Independent, it is not the first time such a surgery has been attempted.
The first successful penis transplant took place in South Africa in December 2014, after the patient lost his during a circumcision. He is reported to have recovered and conceived a child.
This followed an attempt in 2006 when a Chinese national had a transplant removed two weeks after surgery owing to a ‘severe psychological problem of the recipient and his wife.’
It is hoped that bank courier manning will be able to urinate as normal within weeks, while sexual function could take a few months before it is restored.