Cancer patient receives first penis transplant in US

In this May 13, 2016 photo provided by Massachusetts General Hospital, Thomas Manning gives a thumbs up after being asked how he was feeling following the first penis transplant in the United States, in Boston. The organ was transplanted from a deceased donor. (Sam Riley/Mass General Hospital via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston hospital says a cancer patient has received the first penis transplant in the United States.

Massachusetts General Hospital has confirmed 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.

The New York Times first reported the transplant Monday.

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.

The Times reports most of Manning’s penis was removed during his battle with penile cancer.

The world’s first successful penis transplant was performed in South Africa in December 2014.

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