April 14, 2024 2:31 pm
Boston Hospital Discharges Recipient of World’s First Pig Kidney Transplant

Rick Slayman, who received the world’s first pig kidney transplant, is eager to return home to Weymouth after two weeks of recovery at Massachusetts General Hospital. The recipient of the groundbreaking transplant expressed his gratitude for the exceptional care he received from the medical staff and thanked them for their unwavering support throughout his journey.

Slayman had been battling end-stage kidney disease, along with Type 2 diabetes and hypertension, which had greatly affected his quality of life. His initial human kidney transplant in 2018 unfortunately failed, leading him to undergo the revolutionary pig kidney transplant on March 21st. The pig kidney was from eGenesis in Cambridge and had been genetically modified to remove harmful pig genes while adding certain human genes to enhance compatibility.

The patient’s recovery following surgery has been smooth, and he expressed his excitement about spending time with his family and friends without the burden of dialysis that had been a constant presence in his life for years. Slayman described this moment as a new beginning not just for himself but also for others in similar situations, who he hopes will be inspired by his journey to overcome their own health challenges.

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