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

Rick Slayman, the world’s first recipient of a pig kidney transplant, has been discharged from Massachusetts General Hospital after two weeks of treatment. At 62 years old, Slayman is now recovering at his home in Weymouth and looking forward to resuming his life with his loved ones.

Slayman had been living with end-stage kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes, and hypertension before receiving the transplant. In 2018, he received a human kidney transplant that failed five years later. The pig kidney transplant was the first of its kind and was 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 has been going smoothly since the surgery and he is grateful for the exceptional care he received from the doctors and nurses at Massachusetts General Hospital. He expressed that leaving the hospital with a clean bill of health is one of the happiest moments of his life.

He thanked everyone who sent him well-wishes and expressed that his recovery marks a new beginning not just for himself but for others as well. He hopes that his successful outcome will pave the way for more people to receive this life-saving treatment in the future.

By Samantha Jones

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