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First patient of pig kidney transplant discharged from hospital

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Rick Slayman, the world’s first dwelling recipient of a genetically edited pig kidney transplant, has been discharged from the hospital.

CNN stories that Slayman was discharged on Wednesday, two weeks after his operation, in accordance with an announcement by Massachusetts Normal Hospital.

“He’s recovering properly and can proceed to recuperate at house along with his household,” the hospital wrote on X.

Slayman was quoted within the assertion issued by the hospital saying: “This second – leaving the hospital right now with one of many cleanest payments of well being I’ve had in a very long time – is one I wanted would come for a few years. Now, it’s a actuality and one of many happiest moments of my life.”

Recall that Slayman, a 62-year-old supervisor with the Massachusetts Division of Transportation, had beforehand mentioned his docs prompt that he strive a pig kidney when he was identified with end-stage kidney illness final yr.

His docs acknowledged final month that they thought Slayman’s new kidney may final years but additionally acknowledged that there are a lot of unknowns in animal-to-human transplants.

Slayman’s surgical procedure is the third such xenotransplant of a pig organ right into a dwelling human.

The primary two transplants had been hearts transplanted into dwelling sufferers who had run out of different transplant choices.

The organs had been transplanted underneath particular guidelines that let compassionate use of experimental therapies for sufferers in particularly dire conditions. Nonetheless, each sufferers died weeks after receiving their organs.

Slayman mentioned he was grateful for the response to his surgical procedure, particularly from different sufferers who’re ready for a kidney transplant.

“At the moment marks a brand new starting not only for me, however for them, as properly,” Slayman mentioned.

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