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

62-year-old Rick Slayman, the recipient of the world’s first pig kidney transplant, was discharged from Massachusetts General Hospital after nearly two weeks of recovery. Slayman expressed his gratitude to the doctors and nurses at the hospital for their exceptional care and stated 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 undergoing the transplant. In 2018, he received a human kidney transplant that started failing five years later. The pig kidney transplant was the first of its kind, 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.

By Aiden Johnson

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