Boston Hospital Discharges Recipient of World’s First Pig Kidney Transplant

From Dialysis to Dreams: Rick Slayman’s Journey Home after Pig Kidney Transplant”.

Rick Slayman, the world’s first recipient of a pig kidney transplant, is finally ready to leave Massachusetts General Hospital and return home to Weymouth after two weeks post-surgery. Slayman expressed his excitement and gratitude for the care he received from the doctors and nurses, saying that he is eager to spend time with his family and friends without the burden of dialysis that had negatively impacted his quality of life for years.

Slayman underwent the groundbreaking surgery on March 21 as he battled end-stage kidney disease, as well as Type 2 diabetes and hypertension. The pig kidney used in the transplant was from eGenesis in Cambridge and had been genetically modified to remove harmful pig genes while adding certain human genes to enhance compatibility. Despite an initial failure of a human kidney transplant in 2018, Slayman’s recovery following the surgery has been progressing smoothly.

Slayman expressed his appreciation for all those who supported him during this journey, particularly fellow patients awaiting kidney transplants. He described this moment as a new beginning not just for himself but for others in similar situations. Slayman looks forward to resuming his daily activities and enjoying life with his loved ones once again.

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