A 64-year-old man is the first person in the U.S. to undergo a penis transplant, according to officials from Massachusetts General Hospital.
Surgeons performed the operation earlier this month during a 15-hour procedure, officials said. The patient was named by the New York Times as Thomas Manning from Halifax, Massachusetts, who had part of his penis removed after a cancer diagnosis.
“I wouldn’t go near anybody,” he told the New York Times of the possibility of relationships after his cancer surgery. “I couldn’t have a relationship with anybody.”
There have been at least two other penis transplants in other parts of the world, according to medical literature.
A South Africa man underwent a successful surgery in 2014 and a Chinese man had an unsuccessful transplant in 2006.