Thomas Manning, 64, had his penis amputated three years ago due to penile cancer. After undergoing a first-of-its-kind penile transplant which doctors have called a surgical milestone, he will be the first man in the US to receive a successful penis transplant.
Thomas who is a bank courier from Halifax received the organ which came from a deceased donor after a 15-hour operation on May 8 and 9 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Mr. Manning said in an interview that he felt well and experienced no pain. He is happy to be out of bed for the first time since the operation stating, “I want to go back to being who I was.”
The 64 year-old declared during his interview that he wanted to speak out publicly to help dispel the shame and stigma associated with genital cancers and injuries, and to let other men know there was hope of having normal anatomy restored.
Manning urged, “Don’t hide behind a rock” while referring to men who had his problem.
Leader of the surgical team that operated on Thomas, Dr Curtis L. Cetrulo, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon said, “We’re cautiously optimistic,. It’s uncharted waters for us.”
The team which operated on Manning comprised of 50 doctors from many departments including urology, psychiatry, plastic surgery, and several others.
Dr Curtis described the breakthrough as an experimental phase which is part of a research program aimed at helping combat veterans with severe pelvic injuries, as well as cancer patients and accident victims.
The doctor added that, “If all goes as planned, normal urination should be possible for Mr. Manning within a few weeks, and sexual function in weeks to months.
He will have to take several anti-rejection drugs for the rest of his life. One of them, tacrolimus, seems to speed nerve regeneration and may help restore function to the transplant.”
Source, NYTimes, BBC