Just a year ago surgeons at Stellenbosch University and TygerbergHospital in South Africa successfully pulled off the first penis transplant on a 21-year-old man.
Now Massachusetts' Thomas Manning has become the first man in the U.S. to receive a new member.
Back in 2012, manning was unfortunately diagnosed with penile cancer and had to have his penis amputated. Fast forward 4 years and just back on May 8 and 9 the same man, now 64 years old, received a new peen after a grueling 15 hour procedure that was aided by over 50 surgeons, doctors and nurses over the course of the past month.
The procedure the doctors describe as a "surgical milestone" is actually called a gentitourinary vascularized composite allograft, or GUVCA. The hospital described the procedure saying:
"surgeons connected the intricate vascular and nerve structures of a donor penis with those of the 64-year-old transplant recipient."
The director of the hospital's Regional Urology Program, Dr. Dicken Ko, said the main object of the surgery was to reconstruct the genitalia to appear natural, and to make sure the urinary tract functions properly.
Sexual function was also important, but lower on the list as there are ethical issues regarding who the potential father might be.
Thomas is currently still healing from the surgery, but he's expected to leave the hospital in the next three to four days. In a statement released by the hospital, the patient said:
"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."
Unfortunately, Manning will have to take immunosuppressing drugs for the rest of his life to help protect against any chance of his body rejecting his new peen.
But if all works out, and the procedure is as successful as the one in South Africa, Thomas' might have full function of his penis back, and might even be able to have a kid if he wants.
This could become really big -- and it sounds horrifying.
KeKe Palmer is accusing performer Trey Songz of 'sexual intimidation,' among other things, after she randomly appeared in his newly released music video for Pick Up The Phone that was released on YouTube on Friday.
From what we can gather reading Palmer's passionate Instagram message that contained the accusation, it appears she did NOT give Songz consent for her to appear in the video -- but the Scream Queens star takes it even further than that.
It is scary and potentially triggering to read, but here is her full, emotionally-charged IG message about what led up to her non-consensual appearance in the video and the hints about how she was forced into it (below):