Groundbreaking surgery: Man receives pig kidney transplant for the first time

Surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston announced Thursday that Richard Slayman, 62, made medical history last Saturday as the first living person to receive a genetically modified kidney from a pig.

Dr. Winfred Williams, Slayman’s nephrologist and the associate chief of the nephrology division at Mass General, shared insights into the groundbreaking four-hour operation. He expressed optimism, stating, “It really is a groundbreaking milestone… Should the kidney continue to work well and this is a success, I think it represents a breakthrough in a number of different areas.”

This achievement marks a significant advancement in xenotransplantation, offering hope to the thousands of individuals in the U.S. awaiting organ transplants and countless others globally.

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