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Genetically Modified Pig’s Kidney Transplanted into Human body For the First Time Ever

Surgeons have transplanted a kidney from a genetically modified pig to a man, Richard Slayman (62) of Weymouth, Mass. He was struggling with end-stage kidney disease. This is the first time the performance of a transplant from a genetically modified pig into a human body had the patient surviving a long battle over kidney disease.

Mr. Slayman is well over the transplant surgery and will be discharged shortly from the Massachusetts General Hospital, the personnel of the hospital announced. According to NPR, “I saw it not only as a way to help me but a way to provide hope for the thousands of people who need a transplant to survive,” Mr. Slyman stated about his surgery.

This is one of the ways to provide organs in supply shortages to meet the needs, and it will be great news to many patients if there is no side-effect after the surgery. These genetically modified pigs provide kidneys and other organs, such as livers, hearts, et cetera.

Dr. Tatsuo Kawai, Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Clinical Transplant Tolerance said, “We hope that this transplant approach will offer a lifeline to millions of patients worldwide who are suffering from kidney failure,” in the hospital statement.

Slayman got a human kidney transplant after he had been on dialysis for seven years, and it showed signs of failure after five years. He started again to take dialysis in May 2023, he got a new kidney from the genetically DNA-modified pig’s kidney quite recently.

There are many hurdles to getting animal organs to the human body through legal, and medical procedures, and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) allows a “compassionate use” program to make this surgery possible. Also, there are “pros and cons of this procedure.” the doctors added.

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