WCVB – A cancer patient received the first penis transplant in the United States, a Boston hospital said.
Massachusetts General Hospital confirmed Monday that Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, received the transplanted penis in a 15-hour procedure last week. The organ was transplanted from a deceased donor. …
Dr. Curtis Cetrulo, who helped lead the surgical team, tells the newspaper that normal urination should be possible for the 64-year-old Manning in a few weeks, with sexual function possible in weeks to months.
“We’re cautiously optimistic,” said Cetrulo, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, adding that “it’s uncharted waters for us.”
The Times reports most of Manning’s penis was removed amid a battle with an aggressive and potentially fatal penile cancer.
As if you needed another reason to be proud of the greatest city in the world, here you are. Boston continues to dominate professional sports, movies, music, pop culture, reality TV and now, we are the only city in the world where penis implants happen.
Before I go any further, I want to offer my congratulations and wish godspeed to Thomas Manning for a full recovery. Cancer is bad enough, but “potentially fatal penile cancer” are four of the most horrifying words you could ever hear. So thoughts and prayers to him on his road back to health.
That said, I’m not about to fire off a bunch of lame jokes here. I’ll leave to some other, lesser minds to go right to the middle school, “The operation is called an addadictomy” humor. I’m hear instead to applaud a the pioneers in this brave new world of fully functioning surgically attached penises. This is the kind of thing that once seemed impossible, and they’ve made it a reality. The look in Thomas Manning’s eye that says “As soon as these stitches are removed, someone’s getting the best sex in the history of Halifax” says it all.
Now I just look dream of the day when the procedure is so common that they’ll do it as elective surgery. If I live to see it, I am all in.
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