First Penis Transplant in U.S. Performed

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Doctors say the United States’ first recipient of a transplanted penis is recovering well from the delicate surgery.

Surgeons on the Massachusetts General Hospital team who performed the transplant on 64-year-old Thomas Manning say blood is flowing to the organ.

They say there are no signs of bleeding, rejection or infection, and that they’re cautiously optimistic he will regain the function he lost in 2012 when cancer led to an amputation of the penis.

Manning issued a statement Monday saying: “Today I begin a new chapter filled with personal hope and hope for others who have suffered genital injuries.”

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