Massachusetts man has first successful US penis transplant

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BOSTON, May 16 (Reuters) - A 64-year-old man became the first in the United States to undergo a successful penis transplant in a procedure at Massachusetts General Hospital earlier this month, his doctors said on Monday.

Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, had his penis amputated in 2012 when he was diagnosed with penile cancer.

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He recently underwent a 15-hour surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston during which a penis provided by a donor was attached.

Doctors said the procedure was particularly important due to the heavy psychological toll the loss of genitals takes on a patient.

"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, one of the two surgeons who performed the procedure, said in a statement.

In the same statement, Manning thanked the doctors and said he hoped other patients needing similar surgeries would be more likely to receive organ donations as a result of his successful operation.

"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 said.

Doctors in South Africa became the first to perform the procedure successfully in 2014 after they attached a penis to a 21-year-old man whose organ had been amputated following a botched circumcision. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Paul Simao)

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez displays images following the successful completion of the most extensive face transplant to date at NYU Langone Medical Center on November 16, 2015 in New York City. The procedure, during which the face of David Rodebaugh was transferred to Patrick Hardison, a Mississippi volunteer firefighter whose face was severely burned in a fire 14 years ago, took more than 24 hours and could cost more than one million dollars. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez displays an image from the successful completion of the most extensive face transplant to date at NYU Langone Medical Center on November 16, 2015 in New York City. The procedure, during which the face of David Rodebaugh was transferred to Patrick Hardison, a Mississippi volunteer firefighter whose face was severely burned in a fire 14 years ago, took more than 24 hours and could cost more than one million dollars. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez displays an image from the successful completion of the most extensive face transplant to date at NYU Langone Medical Center on November 16, 2015 in New York City. The procedure, during which the face of David Rodebaugh was transferred to Patrick Hardison, a Mississippi volunteer firefighter whose face was severely burned in a fire 14 years ago, took more than 24 hours and could cost more than one million dollars. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, MD, DDS, chair, Hansjorg Wyss Dept. Plastic Surgery, NYU Langone, poses with before and after photos of his patient Patrick Hardison during a press conference at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City November 16, 2015 to announce the successful completion of the most extensive face transplant to date. Dr. Rodriguez led the surgery following a year of preparation on the 41-year-old, a first responder horribly disfigured in 2001. More than 100 doctors, nurses, technical and support staff took part in the 26-hour operation, conducted in mid-August at the NYU Langone Medical Center, the center announced. Hardison, from Senatobia, Mississippi who suffered extensive facial burns as a volunteer firefighter, just days before the September 11, 2001 attacks. Hardison was severely disfigured when the roof of a burning home collapsed on top of him during a rescue search, losing his eyelids, ears, lips, most of his nose, hair and eyebrows. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez displays an image from the successful completion of the most extensive face transplant to date at NYU Langone Medical Center on November 16, 2015 in New York City. The procedure, during which the face of David Rodebaugh was transferred to Patrick Hardison, a Mississippi volunteer firefighter whose face was severely burned in a fire 14 years ago, took more than 24 hours and could cost more than one million dollars. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez displays an image from the successful completion of the most extensive face transplant to date at NYU Langone Medical Center on November 16, 2015 in New York City. The procedure, during which the face of David Rodebaugh was transferred to Patrick Hardison, a Mississippi volunteer firefighter whose face was severely burned in a fire 14 years ago, took more than 24 hours and could cost more than one million dollars. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, MD, DDS, chair, Hansjorg Wyss Dept. Plastic Surgery, NYU Langone, holds a press conference at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City November 16, 2015 to announce the successful completion of the most extensive face transplant to date. Dr. Rodriguez led the surgery following a year of preparation on a 41-year-old first responder horribly disfigured in 2001. More than 100 doctors, nurses, technical and support staff took part in the 26-hour operation, conducted in mid-August at the NYU Langone Medical Center, the center announced. The recipient was Patrick Hardison(on screen), from Senatobia, Mississippi who suffered extensive facial burns as a volunteer firefighter, just days before the September 11, 2001 attacks. Hardison was severely disfigured when the roof of a burning home collapsed on top of him during a rescue search, losing his eyelids, ears, lips, most of his nose, hair and eyebrows. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez announces the successful completion of the most extensive face transplant to date at NYU Langone Medical Center on November 16, 2015 in New York City. The procedure, during which the face of David Rodebaugh was transferred to Patrick Hardison, a Mississippi volunteer firefighter whose face was severely burned in a fire 14 years ago, took more than 24 hours and could cost more than one million dollars. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
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