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Surviving Against All Odds: Rick Slayman’s Journey to Recovery After World’s First Pig Kidney Transplant

BySamantha Jones

Apr 4, 2024
Patient who received the world’s first pig kidney transplant leaves Boston hospital

Rick Slayman, the recipient of the world’s first pig kidney transplant, has been released from Massachusetts General Hospital after more than two weeks in recovery. The 62-year-old is now at home in Weymouth where he will continue his healing process. Slayman expressed his deepest gratitude for the exceptional care he received from the medical staff at the hospital, stating that leaving with a clean bill of health is one of the happiest moments of his life.

Slayman had been living with end-stage kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes, and hypertension prior to receiving the pig kidney transplant. Five years ago, he underwent a human kidney transplant which eventually failed. The pig kidney transplant was a groundbreaking procedure using a genetically edited donor organ from eGenesis in Cambridge. The organ was modified to remove harmful pig genes and human genes were added to improve compatibility with Slayman’s body.

Slayman’s recovery is going well and he is eagerly looking forward to spending time with his family and loved ones without being restricted by dialysis. He thanked everyone who sent him well-wishes, including other patients awaiting kidney transplants, and said that his recovery marked not just a new beginning for himself but for others as well.

By Samantha Jones

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