For the inaugural time, a living person has undergone a kidney transplant using a pig organ.


The groundbreaking surgery marked the first-ever transplantation of a genetically modified pig kidney into a living human, as revealed by medical professionals on Thursday.

Performed at Massachusetts General Hospital, the four-hour procedure on Saturday marked a historic milestone, with the hospital being the site of the first kidney transplant in 1954.

The recipient, 62-year-old Rick Slayman, a manager with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease, is recuperating well and is anticipated to be discharged soon.

While doctors are optimistic about the longevity of Slayman’s new kidney, they also acknowledge the uncertainties surrounding animal-to-human transplants.

In a statement, Slayman expressed gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to medical advancement and provide hope to those in need of transplants.

Medical experts not directly involved in the case hailed the surgery as a significant achievement in the field of transplantation.

Dr. Tatsuo Kawai, the surgeon leading the operation, described the moment the pig kidney was successfully integrated into Slayman’s body as an awe-inspiring sight.

However, despite this remarkable feat, further research is deemed necessary to comprehend the efficacy of pig kidney transplants fully.

The successful surgery was made possible through advancements in genetic modification, pharmaceuticals, and extensive testing in non-human models.

Dr. Michael Curtis, CEO of eGenesis, the company behind the genetically modified pig, lauded the patient’s bravery and generosity, emphasizing the breakthrough’s potential to revolutionize transplantation medicine.

The procedure signifies a pivotal moment in medical history, offering hope to countless individuals awaiting life-saving organ transplants.


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