Penis transplant recipient says he has been given a second chance at life

BOSTON (WHDH) - The recipient of the first penis transplant in the country told 7News that he is grateful the procedure has given him a second chance at life.

Tom Manning, 64, had most of his penis removed in 2012 when he was diagnosed with penile cancer. The Halifax man then did everything he could to receive a transplant. While the procedure has been performed in other countries, Manning was the first to undergo the surgery in the United States. A team of 50 doctors as Mass General Hospital performed the transplant, which took 15 hours.

“I’m grateful to the hospital,” said Manning. “To come from this area and have people of this quality.” Manning said he is also very grateful to the donor’s family.

“This kid gave me a chance and I will try to live my life in a righteous way and not hurt anybody, in his honor only,” said Manning.

Manning hopes to use his experience to help others with penile cancer who may have to have an amputation. Doctors said the surgery can also help wounded veterans.

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