Johns Hopkins Didn’t End Up Performing the First U.S. Penis Transplant

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Thomas Manning (via MGH)
Thomas Manning (via MGH)

Late last year, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine announced plans to perform the first penis transplant in the country. But on Monday morning, an announcement from a Boston hospital said they were first.

Massachusetts General Hospital said Thomas Manning was recovering from the 15-hour procedure, which was performed last week. Manning previously had cancer, forcing an amputation. With the procedure, he is expected to regain urinary function in weeks and sexual function within months.

Johns Hopkins doctors planned to perform the first transplant on a soldier who was injured by a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

But this isn’t necessarily the latest example of the Boston-Baltimore rivalry playing out. It’s obviously a complicated procedure, and donors have to be a precise match.  According to the New York Times, Hopkins was involved in the MGH procedure in the form of a donation to cover the $50,000-75,000 pricetag.



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