Pig kidney works in human patient in 'potential miracle'

Dr Robert A. Montgomery, director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute, prepares sutures for use in the surgery on September 25, 2021. 

What you need to know:

  • Critically, the organ was able to reduce the level of the molecule creatinine, a key indicator of kidney health that was elevated in the patient prior to the transplant

A US medical team has succeeded in temporarily attaching a pig's kidney to a person, a transplant breakthrough hailed as a "potential miracle" by the surgeon who led the procedure.
The surgery, carried out on September 25, involved a genetically modified donor animal and a brain dead patient on a ventilator whose family had given permission for the two-day experiment, for the sake of advancing science.

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