"Things are looking up in life for a patient in Boston, thanks to a dead man’s penis.
"A team of surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital announced Monday that they successfully completed the first penis transplant to take place in the U.S.—and the third one worldwide—on a man who has been living without his member for several years due to penile cancer.
The penis transplant, a procedure also known as a genitourinary reconstructive vascularized composite allograft, took 15 hours for the physicians to complete. The patient, 64-year-old Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, underwent a partial penectomy in 2012. Physicians on Friday said that he is doing well and that there are no signs of organ rejection, bleeding or infection.
"The surgical team spent more than three and half years preparing for this breakthrough procedure. It required the work of several different departments and specialists in the hospital, including plastic and reconstructive surgery, urology, psychiatry, infectious diseases, nursing and social work. The hospital’s transplant center first considered performing this procedure in 2012 after they successfully performed a hand transplant, another highly complex surgery. The group worked closely with the New England Organ Bank to make it happen.
"In a statement issued by the hospital, the patient expressed gratitude to the team of doctors and acknowledged the potential for this surgery to change the lives of many men. '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,' Manning wrote. 'In sharing this success with all of you, it’s my hope we can usher in a bright future for this type of transplantation.' The hospital added that the donor’s family was pleased to hear the surgery was successful."
Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/surgeons-us-boston-first-penis-transplant-460497
"Things are looking up in life for a patient in Boston, thanks to a dead man’s penis." Rimshot.
This is great news! I hope they'll make it elective surgery. Just wait around until someone with a big penis, who is a good medical match for you, dies. Then claim that schlong!