The first US patient to receive a dead donor’s penis has told how he hopes to return to a normal life after the operation. Thomas Manning, 64, received the transplant having been left with a one-inch stump when most of his penis was removed due to a cancerous tumour.
Now doctors hope he will be able to resume urinary and sexual functions with months after a dead man’s penis was substituted for his. Mr Manning went public with the operation to support other men with genital cancer or injuries.
Before the operation, he told the New York Times: “I couldn’t have a relationship with anybody. “You can’t tell a woman, ‘I had a penis amputation’.”
The surgery team at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston spent three years preparing for the £52,164 operation, after being approached by Mr Manning. To do this they performed trial surgery on six dead donors. Mr Manning was also given psychological test to make sure he was able to deal with the transplant. Read more