Patient who received the world’s first pig kidney transplant leaves Boston hospital

Rick Slayman, the first person in the world to receive a pig kidney transplant, has been released from Massachusetts General Hospital after two weeks of recovery. The 62-year-old is now looking forward to resuming his life at home in Weymouth. Slayman expressed his gratitude for the exceptional care he received from the doctors and nurses at the hospital, stating that leaving with a clean bill of health is one of the happiest moments of his life.

Slayman was living with end-stage kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes, and hypertension before receiving the transplant. He had received a human kidney transplant in 2018 which failed five years later. The pig kidney transplant was a groundbreaking procedure, with the kidney donated by eGenesis in Cambridge. The kidney was genetically edited to remove harmful pig genes and human genes were added to improve compatibility.

Slayman’s recovery is progressing smoothly and he is looking forward to resuming time with his family and loved ones without the burden of dialysis. He thanked everyone who sent him well-wishes, including fellow patients awaiting kidney transplants, and expressed that his recovery marks a new beginning not just for himself but for others as well. With this successful outcome, it paves way for more people who are waiting for organ donation to receive life-saving treatment.

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