An American cancer patient has received the first penis transplant in the United States and is recovering well.
After a 15 hour process, the patient, Thomas Manning from Massachusetts, received the transplanted penis, which was from a deceased donor.
Most of Manning’s penis was amputated in 2012 due to penile cancer.
Surgeons who performed the transplant at the Massachusetts General Hospital say blood is flowing to the organ, they said there are no signs of bleeding, rejection or infection, and that they're cautiously optimistic it will function.
"Today I begin a new chapter filled with personal hope and hope for others who have suffered genital injuries," Manning said in a statement Monday.
He told the New York Times the amputation made new relationships impossible.
He said he's speaking out in order to help dispel a stigma associated with cancers and injuries affecting the genitals.
The world's first penis transplant was performed at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in December 2014.
That patient had his penis amputated three years earlier after complications from a circumcision performed in his late teens. It was reported the patient made a full recovery and regained all function in the transplanted organ.