At Massachusetts General Hospital Monday, a team of doctors announced that they've performed the first penis transplant in the U.S.
The patient, Thomas Manning, is a 64-year-old bank courier from Halifax, Massachusetts. The experimental surgery — using an organ from a deceased donor — lasted 15 hours.
Urologic oncologist Dr. Adam Feldman, who was at the MGH news conference, has been treating Manning since his penile cancer diagnosis in 2012. He performed the partial penectomy that saved Manning's life, but left him with an inch-long stump where his penis had been.
"He's a remarkable individual who coped very well with his diagnosis," said Dr. Feldman. "But, certainly felt the loss after his surgery, which was what's called a partial penectomy. He's really an incredible person that, after that surgery, totally unprovoked, said, 'Doc, if I can have a penile transplant, I'm your patient.' And it was really amazing."
So, what does this surgery mean for the future of transplants?
Dr. Curtis Cetrulo, plastic and reconstructive surgeon at MGH, he led the surgical team for Thomas Manning's penis transplant, the first in the U.S.
"The operation at Mass. General took place overnight on May 8, and lasted more than 15 hours in total. The organ came from a deceased anonymous donor whose family gave special permission for the transplant."
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This segment aired on May 16, 2016.