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Man becomes first in US to have successful penis transplant

Thomas Manning had had penis amputated four years ago. Credit: AP

A man from Massachusetts has become the first in the United States to undergo a successful penis transplant.

Thomas Manning, 64, had his penis amputated four years ago when he was diagnosed with penile cancer.

It took doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston 15 hours to complete the transplant, after a penis was provided by a donor.

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.

– Thomas Manning

A 21-year-old man in South Africa became the first to have a successful penis transplant in 2014, after a botched circumcision meant the organ had to be amputated.

Doctors said the heavy psychological toll of losing genitals means the procedure is particularly important.

We are hopeful that these reconstructive techniques will allow us to alleviate the suffering and despair of those who have experienced devastating genitourinary injuries and are often so despondent they consider taking their own lives.

– Dr Curtis Cetrulo, Surgeon