Dating with the sexual revolution
The groundbreaking procedure received by Manning (pictured right) is part of a sweeping and controversial shift in the field of organ transplantation.No longer are doctors solely performing transplants that save lives; they're increasingly venturing into the territory of so-called quality-of-life transplants: the ones that stand to dramatically improve them.For four years, Thomas Manning felt like the unluckiest guy in Massachusetts.His misfortune began on a winter afternoon in 2012, when the then 60-year-old bank courier slipped on black ice and a dolly full of packages crashed onto his groin.At the press conference announcing her successful surgery, Mc Farland's voice shook with nerves.She thanked the donor's family as well as her surgical team.
"He looked at me and said, ' You have cancer,'" Manning says. To stop the cancer from spreading, his penis would have to be amputated. He could no longer go to the bathroom standing up, he was out of work for months while recovering from surgery, and even though he was interested in finding a girlfriend, he couldn't imagine throwing himself back into the dating pool.S., including 11 face transplants, 17 single hand or arm transplants and 11 double hand or arm transplants.The field of nonlifesaving organ and tissue transplants is still nascent, but it reached a turning point in the past year.That means they include the transplantation of multiple tissues like skin, blood vessels, muscles, nerves, bone and connective tissue. Before that, hospitals worked directly with local organ-procurement groups to identify a possible match.Since 1999, when the first hand transplant in the U. was performed, there have been 42 VCA procedures in the U.