First recipient of pig kidney transplant released from Boston hospital

From Critical to Renewed: Rick Slayman Returns Home After Historic Pig Kidney Transplant

Rick Slayman, the recipient of the world’s first pig kidney transplant, is returning home from Massachusetts General Hospital after nearly two weeks of recovery. He will continue his healing process at his home in Weymouth. Slayman expressed his deep gratitude to the doctors and nurses at the Mass General Brigham health system for the exceptional care he received during his stay.

At the time of the transplant on March 21, Slayman was living with end-stage kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes, and hypertension. After his initial human kidney transplant in 2018 failed, he underwent a historic pig kidney transplant. The kidney was donated by eGenesis in Cambridge and genetically edited to improve compatibility with human patients.

Slayman’s recovery has been progressing smoothly, and he expressed thanks for the well-wishes he received from others, including fellow patients awaiting kidney transplants. He sees his journey as a new beginning not just for himself but for others in similar situations. Slayman’s experience has been one of hope and advancement in the field of organ transplantation.

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