It’s recovery time for a bank courier from Halifax, Mass.
When Thomas Manning was diagnosed with penis cancer back in 2012, he underwent a partial penectomy which, according to the New York Times, left him with “a stump about an inch long.”
According to the Times reports, the potentially fatal cancer claims about 2,030 new cases annually, and 340 deaths are expected in the United States this year.
“I couldn’t have a relationship with anybody,” Manning said, referring to the the physical changes that took place on his body.
“You can’t tell a woman, ‘I had a penis amputation,’” he told the Times.
So, on May 8 and 9, Manning underwent a 15-hour transplant operation, receiving the penis from a deceased male.
The surgery, experimental in nature, was part of a research program aimed at helping combat veterans with pelvic injuries as well as cancer patients.
If all goes as planned,”normal urination should be possible within a few weeks” for Mr. Manning. “We’re cautiously optimistic,” said Dr. Curtis L. Cetrulo, the plastic and reconstructive surgeon on Manning’s surgical team.
“It’s uncharted waters for us,” Dr. Cetrulo added.
Penis transplants in other countries have been both hit and miss. A South African university operation gave a man not only a new organ last year, but also the ability to father a child, according to NBC News. China reported an unsuccessful transplant in 2006.
Dr. Cetrulo’s estimated surgery cost is between $50,000 to $75,000. However, both hospitals are paying for the procedures, and the doctors are donating their time.