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

Miracle Man Rick Slayman Discharged from Hospital after Groundbreaking Pig Kidney Transplant: A New Beginning for Organ Transplant Recovery

Rick Slayman, the recipient of the world’s first pig kidney transplant, has been discharged from Massachusetts General Hospital after nearly two weeks of post-surgery care. The 62-year-old is now set to continue his recovery at home in Weymouth.

Slayman expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the exceptional care he received from the doctors and nurses at the hospital. He stated that leaving with a clean bill of health is one of the happiest moments of his life.

At the time of the transplant, Slayman was living with end-stage kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes, and hypertension. He had previously undergone a human kidney transplant in 2018, which eventually failed 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 has been smooth so far, and he is looking forward to resuming normal activities without having to undergo dialysis treatment anymore. He thanked everyone who sent him well-wishes and expressed that his recovery marks a new beginning not just for himself but also for others who are waiting for organ transplants.

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