Wow, the power of positive thinking really worked well for this man. Most penis transplants don’t work out very well, one man even had his removed! Thomas Manning is the first American to have this kind of transplant. He spent 15 long hours on the operating table and after the surgery said it’s starting to take shape. When he is fully recovered he should be able to have sex and pee standing. What I find the most shocking is what he revealed after he started having sex again…
Mr Manning toldNECN that he was on the mend and was looking forward to using his new penis.
‘It’s starting to take shape, let’s put it that way,’ he said.
‘It’s becoming more normal every day, the coloring is coming back. Don’t get me wrong there’s a lot of swelling involved – a lot’s going to change.’
Mr Manning’s new penis was donated by a younger man who lived in New England.
The bank courier has spoken to the man’s family and hopes to meet up with them for donuts, if they want to.
‘Maybe somewhere down the road we can get together, go to Dunkin’ Donuts or some place and say “Hello how are you doing?”.’
Mr Manning continued: ‘There is no doubt in my mind that everything is going to work. And I mean everything. You can interpret that any way you wish.’
He said doctors were in ‘no rush’ to leave the hospital until he was fully healed, adding: ‘Let’s get this done right.’
He vowed: ‘I’m going to walk out of here complete.’
Mr Manning does not have a wife but said he hopes his penis will still be working by the time he falls for someone.
‘When it happens it happens. I don’t have to push it,’ he said. ‘I hope to be around for another 20 or 30 years. Will it still be working by then? I sure hope so.’
He said he was ‘really devastated’ when his penis was amputated.
‘I didn’t feel like less of a man, but I went through my own version of hell,’ he said.
‘I would have went to the moon for this’ I mean, why not? They cut my penis off, and I wanted it back. It’s not that complicated.’
He added that he has never worried about what people think of him and that he was was not concerned with going public.
But Manning said he never hesitated about going public.
‘You’ve got to get on with your life. I happen to be the first person to receive a penis transplant. What’s the big deal?’
Mr Manning is the first American to have a penis transplant but hopes the government will help fund the procedure for veterans who suffer horrific injuries on the battlefield.
There has been an alarming rise of veterans committing suicide after damaging their penises, with 1,367 soldiers suffering such injuries between 2001 and 2013.
‘I’m hoping that the end result [is] the government will give the hospital and the vets enough money so they can begin getting treated properly, and that trickles to down to the general public,’ Mr Manning said from hospital.
‘In the long haul, I hope to get myself together physically, have the hospital send me out there, be a sponsor, be a representative for this, and let’s get this on the road,’ he added.
He said he has had support from his mother and siblings and was looking forward to getting back to work soon.
Mr Manning said earlier this week that the operation ‘quite literally saved his life’.
‘In 2012, my life changed forever when I suffered a debilitating work accident, followed by a devastating cancer diagnosis,’ he said.
‘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.’
He added that the ground-breaking surgery allowed him a ‘second chance’ he had never believed was possible.
Doctors had first noticed Mr Manning was suffering from cancer after he suffered severe injuries in an accident at work involving heavy equipment. During his treatment, medics noticed a growth on his penis and he was later diagnosed with an aggressive form of penile cancer.
During surgery doctors at the hospital (pictured) connected nerves, veins and arteries from the donor penis to Mr Manning
While it is rare, more than 2,000 cases and 340 deaths from penile cancer are expected in the US in 2016.
Many find the loss of their penis devastating for their confidence and sense of identity, a feeling Mr Manning can relate to.
He said: ‘Men judge their masculinity with their bodies.’
Dr Dicken Ko, a leader in transplants at the hospital, said that not only did genital amputee patients suffer loss of urinary and sexual function, they also suffered a ‘loss of identity.’
‘Many of these patients suffer in silence. And this patient has now found his voice,’ he said.
To save his life, doctors were forced to remove most of Mr Manning’s penis, leaving him with just a stump about one-inch in length.
The circumstances of the amputation would be life-altering; he would have to urinate sitting down and could not be intimate with anyone.
He said: ‘I wouldn’t go near anybody. I couldn’t have a relationship with anybody. You can’t tell a woman, “I had a penis amputation”.’
However, Mr Manning never gave up hope of a transplant – despite the fact surgeons had not even considered such a procedure at the time – and a year after his surgery, doctors got in touch.
He endured a grueling year of tests and psychological evaluations, but was eventually put on the waiting list and after just two weeks a donor with the right blood type and skin color was found.
During surgery, doctors connected nerves, veins and arteries from the donor penis to Mr Manning.
Nerves are then expected to grow into the penis at a rate of about one inch per month, eventually enabling sexual function.
‘We are cautiously optimistic,’ said Dr. Curtis L. Cetrulo, a leader of the surgical team at Massachusetts General Hospital. ‘It’s still early days but we’re hopeful.’
After the operation, Mr Manning began to hemorrhage and was taken back to the hospital for treatment.
Thankfully, the complication did not prove to be fatal he is now hoping to resurrect his love life.
‘If I’m lucky, I get 75 per cent of what I used to be,’ he said. ‘Before the surgery I was 10 per cent. But they made no promises. That was part of the deal.’
Mr Manning, who will be on immuno-suppressants for the rest of his life, has thanked his ‘extraordinary medical team’ at Mass General, ‘who helped not only make this possible, but quite literally saved my life’.
He also thanked the family of the donor, ‘whose wonderful gift has truly give me the second chance I never thought possible’.
‘I thank my mother for standing by my side and helping me through each step of the way,’ he added. ‘In sharing this success with all of you, it’s my hope we can usher in a bright future for this type of transplantation.’
Alexandra Glazier, president and CEO of the New England Organ Bank, said that the transplant was made possible because the donor family had the strength to look past its own grief and see the ability to help someone in need.
‘To this donor family, we offer our thoughts as they struggle with their loss and our humble thank you, deep appreciation and admiration for the humanity they showed,’ Glazier said at the conference.
‘They wish the recipient to know that they feel blessed and are delighted to hear his recovery is going well and are praying that his recovery continues.’
While Mr Manning is breaking ground in the U.S. he is by no means the first to have such an operation worldwide.
Last year a 21-year-old man in South Africa underwent nine hours of surgery to have a donor organ attached after he was left with just a 1cm stump for a penis following a botched circumcision.
Miraculously, after his life-altering surgery, he announced that his partner was expecting! I know it’s great that he can be fixed through surgery, but wouldn’t it be strange to have another man’s penis? I wonder if he can request the size he wants since the surgery is around 75,000 dollars. This procedure really is wonderful for the people who have been injured and feel hopeless because of what they may lack.