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NY surgeons successfully transplant a pig kidney into a human

Pig kidney successfully transplanted into human. No evidence of early organ rejection reported.

Where: NY

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NYU Langone Health surgeons successfully transplanted a genetically engineered pig’s kidney into a human recipient, potentially opening the door for a more sustainable and renewable source for organ transplants.

The kidney was attached to a brain-dead patient on life support with signs of kidney failure. Surgeons obtained consent from the patient’s family before performing the experimental procedure.

According to the lead surgeon of the study, Dr. Robert Montgomery, test results reported normal kidney function and urine output with no signs of early organ rejection.

The kidney was obtained from Revivicor’s GalSafe pigs. GalSafe pigs are genetically modified to remove a cell-surface sugar (alpha-gal) linked to organ rejection in previous animal-to-human transplant cases.

Dr. Montgomery stated, “It was better than I think we even expected. It just looked like any transplant I’ve ever done from a living donor. A lot of kidneys from deceased people don’t work right away and take days or weeks to start. This worked immediately.”

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