Here's some news sure to make your pride swell. Over the weekend, a team of surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital were successful in performing the first penis transplant in the US. The operation took 15 hours to perform, using an advanced set of techniques that required the grafting of nerves, organ tissue and other complex things we won't pretend to understand.
The doctors used a donor organ to give the patient, 64-year-old Thomas Manning, his manhood back after his had to be removed last year due to an aggressive form of penile cancer. If you didn't know penile cancer was a thing, you now have a new night terror. You're welcome.
Manning has a new lease on life:
"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," Manning said in a statement. "In sharing this success with all of you, it’s my hope we can usher in a bright future for this type of transplantation.
As for the chief surgeons, Curtis L. Cetrulo, Jr., MD, and Dicken S.C. Ko, MD, we stand tall and salute them, for although we make terrible puns about taking a penis from one guy and putting it on another, they are truly heroes in the medical field and to men worldwide who do risk the loss of their most precious tool.