Skip to main content

First living patient with transplanted pig kidney goes home from the hospital

·1 min

Rick Slayman, the recipient of a genetically edited pig kidney transplant, has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering well at home. His doctors suggested the pig kidney transplant when he was diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease. Slayman expressed gratitude for the response to his surgery and mentioned the high demand for organs. Kidneys are in shortest supply, with thousands of people on the waitlist for transplantation. Slayman’s surgery was the third xenotransplant of a pig organ into a human, with the previous two cases resulting in the patients’ deaths.