First US Penis Transplant Successfully Carried Out on Massachusetts Man

All those spam emails are about to come true…

A Boston man who lost most of his penis in a fight with cancer has become the first US patient to receive a penis transplant.

Thomas Manning, 64, a bank courier from Halifax, Massachusetts, received the new organ from a deceased donor in a 15 hour-long operation conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on May 8 and 9. The procedure involves doctors hooking up nerves, veins, and arteries between the recipient and donor organ. So far, Manning’s doctors are “cautiously optimistic” that he will recover urinary and sexual function in the coming weeks and months.

Source: First US penis transplant successfully carried out on Massachusetts man

I’m sure some potential donors would say their organ would have to be taken from “their cold, dead hands”. Everyone hopes to go out doing something they love… 😉

I believe Russia’s approach to organ donation is that it is an opt-out policy – otherwise your participation is assumed.  I don’t know if that is true, but I personally like the idea.