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

Rick Slayman, the first recipient of a pig kidney transplant, is now recovering at home after being released from Massachusetts General Hospital. The 62-year-old expressed his gratitude for the exceptional care he received during his stay at the hospital, stating 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 when he received the transplant. His human kidney transplant in 2018 started failing five years later. The pig kidney transplant was the first of its kind, with the kidney 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 Samantha Johnson

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