At long last, the first US penis transplant is over
Here's our champ Manning giving a thumbs up:
— WBZ Boston News (@cbsboston) May 16, 2016
Like any other transplant, you should know surgeons surgically grafted the "complex microscopic vascular and neural structures of a donor organ onto the comparable structures of the recipient."
Uh. Wait. What?
In plain English, they took the donor's penis (an organ donor who died) and attached it to Manning's vascular and nerve structures at the same location. Basically, where everything hooks up to his brain and blood vessels.
Why did he need a new penis, anyway?
Manning had to get his own penis amputated after he was diagnosed with penile cancer--a very rare form of cancer--in 2012. He is happy with the procedure.
"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."
Of course, lots of people made fun of him on social media.
First penis transplant in the US. 64 year old cancer patient gets penis from deceased donor. Could have sex in a couple months
— Roberta Jasina (@Robertanews) May 16, 2016
Nominative determinative alert: the surgeon who performed the first penis transplant in the U.S. is Dr. Dicken Ko https://t.co/bVniOJeY16
— max seddon (@maxseddon) May 16, 2016
Really, a penis transplant alert?
— Silvia Killingsworth (@silviakillings) May 16, 2016
Others pointed out the medical benefits of the process.
Surgeons link penis transplants with saving lives. Before you judge, consider young combat vets with pelvic injurieshttps://t.co/ar4e7jO4z6
— David Common (@davidcommon) May 16, 2016
This is an important thing for men with injuries to their genitals. For their dignity and quality of life. https://t.co/DekmQg7S4w
— Amy Curtis (@moderncomments) May 16, 2016
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